Vivian Chiu (b. 1989) was born in Los Angeles and emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of three. Her interests in creating objects and the visual arts led her to attend the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA '11 Furniture Design) and Columbia University (MFA '19 Sculpture). With an aptitude for problem solving, Vivian creates optical sculptures out of materials such as wood and acrylic that attempt to formalize coincidental happenings in repetitive labor intensive processes.
Vivian has attended residencies such as Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Sculpture Space, Haystack Mountain School, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Penland School of Crafts, and the Center for Art in Wood. Her work has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Milan, New York, Houston, Colorado, and Philadelphia. She is currently teaching Woodworking at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Craft/Material Studies department.
Woodworking, Sculpture, Queerness, Feminism, Asian Identity