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  • Xue’er Gao


Through my work, I aim to bring traditional techniques to the forefront, showcasing their timeless beauty and versatility. I believe that by using these techniques in a modern context, I can create visually captivating and thought-provoking works. My process often involves experimenting with a range of historical techniques, from letterpress printing to calligraphy, and incorporating these into my work in unexpected and innovative ways. I believe that this fusion of old and new not only enriches the visual impact of my work, but also contributes to a deeper understanding of the evolution of technology and its impact on society.

In essence, my work is a celebration of history and a tribute to the artists and craftsmen who paved the way for modern techniques. Through my use of historical technology, I hope to inspire others to appreciate the timeless beauty of traditional techniques and explore these methods' potential in a modern context.

In this submission, I reflect on time and its impact on our world. I believe that the traces of time, from the aging of objects to the weathering of landscapes, hold a wealth of stories and history that are often overlooked. I aim to capture these traces in the artworks I choose and present them in a new and captivating light. I do this by combining traditional printmaking techniques with modern photography, creating a unique and layered visual experience. My process involves exploring the traces of time through various mediums and combining these elements in a single work. Whether through printmaking to capture the textures of aging paper or through photography to document the changes in a landscape over time, I strive to present these traces in a way that is both visually striking and emotionally evocative.


Xue’er Gao (she/her) is a graduate of the MFA Book Art and Printmaking program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and has a BFA in studio art, and printmaking at James Madison University. Originally from China, she currently lives in Philadelphia. Her work is grounded in Chinese art history and culture, with a studio practice that is based on an experimental approach to materials and processes. Using papermaking techniques, and Chinese traditional color, Gao creates artist books, prints, installations, and 3-dimensional forms. Her works are

meant to be experimental, fun, and inventive visual poetry. She also works as a freelance visual artist and photographer.

Her social media: Instagram: xueerstudio

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