Cheryl Sim on The Puppet Player
Born in Taiwan, Ed Pien immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven. He works across drawing, paper cuts, photography, video, and installation using a variety of materials to explore memory, trauma, loss, fear, and vulnerability – but also hope. The thematic explorations are also brought into contact with specific social concerns such as forced migration, Indigenous water rights, and climate change. His work The Puppet Player brings together narratives in flux and figures in dialogue with one another in a play of non-fixity, where mutants and hybrids are constantly morphing.
About Ed Pien
Ed Pien has shown in venues that include the Drawing Centre, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Canadian Culture Centre, Paris; The Goethe Institute, Berlin; Langage Plus, Alma; YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Musée des beaux arts, Montreal; Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal; Oboro, Montreal; Axenéo7, Gatineau; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; Songzhuang Art Centre, Beijing; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and at MASS MoCA, North Adams. He has participated in the Montreal Biennale; the Sydney Biennale; the Moscow Biennale; the Beijing International Biennale; as well as the Curitiba Biennial. In March 2020, he participated in the Bienal Internacional de Asunción, in Paraguay. Pien received a BFA from Western University, London, and a MFA from York University, Toronto. He has taught part-time at John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design’s Visual Studies Department, The University of Toronto. His work is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montreal; Birch Contemporary, Toronto; and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, in The Hague.