Qi's origin lies in Chaoshan, China—a region entrenched in tradition and patriarchy, nestled beside the sea. As the solitary offspring within her family and as a woman, she matured amidst a tapestry of rigid doctrines. In the dynamic crucible of swiftly evolving Chinese society and her secluded hometown, she perceived the world as a paradox, brimming with sensitivity.
Her journey led her to achieve a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Battling mental afflictions, she often found herself ensnared within the illusion of a womb-like existence. This maternal cocoon underscored a peculiarly macabre sacrifice, where the juxtaposition of unwavering vitality and constriction coexisted. Within her canvases, this journey unfolded, amplifying the maelstrom of self-disarray and introspection.
Today, Qi navigates between the realms of painting and performance art, employing diverse mediums to delve into the amalgamation of her internal artistic outpourings.
48" x 72" Acrylic and oil sticks on canvas 2022
Triptych 24 x 48" each Oil and oil sticks on canvas 2023
40" x 32" Oil on canvas 2023
44 x 47" Oil on canvas 2023