Wen Fan 范文
School of Art
Texas Tech University
Wen Fan was born and raised in China. She had worked as a newspaper art editor and a freelance illustrator before being admitted to China Academy of Art, where she majored in ceramics. Upon her graduation in 1992, Fan started teaching design foundation and ceramics in Hangzhou Art and Design School until she moved to the United States in 1998. In 2007, Wen Fan received her MFA degree in Ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Since then, she has been an active member of the ceramic art society. Her exhibition record to date includes over thirty group and solo exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally in the U.S. and China. Wen Fan has taught ceramics at The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently she is an adjunct instructor at Texas Tech University.
Fan’s work is an investigation of ambiguity and the distinction between body and mind, as well as the conflict between the physical and the spiritual. She seeks to find balance between these inner tensions by expressing them through clay objects. The tactile beauty of natural and organic objects is always a source of her inspiration. The forms, textures, patterns and colors Fan encounters in her daily life constantly provide her with creative ideas. Through the investigation of these visual materials, Fan tries to redefine the everyday mundane through ceramic sculptural forms, as well as to free myself from the bondage of the ordinary life.