About the Artist
Janet Wang is a visual artist and educator working within a traditional painting practice, integrated with sculptural installation practices and digital media. A second-generation settler of Chinese heritage, she is based in Vancouver, Canada, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
The artist received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and her Master of Arts in Studio Practice from the University of Leeds in England. She is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Her work explores the construction of identity through the appropriation and disruption of social patterns and familiar gestures. The artist pays homage to the canons and traditions of history, both the artistic and the quotidian, in order to use the familiar as a meeting point with the viewer.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is represented through the Art Rental and Sales, operated by the Vancouver Art Gallery. Residencies have included the Arts Council of England, ArtStarts, Artscape Gibraltar, Deer Lake AIR, Artist for Kids with the North Vancouver School District and the Wassaic Project. She has received awards from the Vancouver Foundation, BC Arts Council and the Canada Council of Arts.