Siru Wen was born and raised in a small town in China, near the ocean. She landed at the U.S. more than a decade ago. She then drifted from the east coast to the west.
Siru’s parents dreamed of becoming performing artists before having her, now they work in the plastic bag business.
Siru's work investigates how the emotional bodies occupy, navigate, linger, and escape through spaces; Conversely, how the architecture alienate, mediate, aggravate, weigh, and console the bodies within.
She limits the use of words/language. Instead, allowing the responses to form instinctively with the use of shapes, lines, movement, silence, and disturbance.
Siru's work has been published in the Aesthetica Art Prize and Ducato Prize, exhibited at the 18th Street Arts Center, Larnaca Biennale, and the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. She has been awarded the Artists-in-Residence programs at 18th Street Arts Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and MASS MoCA.
Siru also works as a cinematographer. Her films have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, and others. She received her MFA in Film at UCLA.
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