Artist Junli Song will discuss her art practice which revolves around world-building, storytelling, and research. She creates work across various media from printmaking to installation to invent and explore personal mythologies informed by a feminist diasporic perspective. Centering around a female re-imagining of an ancient Chinese headless deity, the world created within her work exists as an imaginary realm where the liminal becomes a space of alternative existence.
Junli Song grew up in Chicago, but lived abroad from 2012-2018 in South Korea, England, Italy, and South Africa. Her studies are similarly widespread: she originally majored in economics and international development at the University of Chicago and the University of Oxford, respectively, before returning to the creative path. She completed her MFA at the University of Arkansas with a concentration in printmaking, and is currently the Grant Wood fellow in printmaking and visiting professor at the University of Iowa. As an artist and storyteller, she works across a range of media from printmaking and painting to sculpture and animation to explore imagined worlds and personal mythologies.