Alice Gong Xiaowen                                                                                                                                                                                     

born. 1994 Beijing

BFA 2016, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
MFA (class of 2025), Yale School of Art

Alice Gong Xiaowen is an artist and curator based in New York.

Her thoughts linger on the conceptual connotations of matter, once translated and interpreted as material culture.Translation is both method and subject. The ephemeral becomes solid. Light becomes heft. The lowly hallowed. Memory becomes matter. She casts dough, pinched with the seams of the dumpling wrappers her grandmother taught her to make, into steel, itself made from pig iron through a process of chemical translation—literalizing the ingots they symbolize. And she does so in the American mills where men once manufactured steel for the railroads before the production was offshored to China—two nations she is from but neither to which she belongs.

...what is our essence and who / drinks its nectar?, 2022
cast iron, soapstone, stainless steel,  27 x 9 x 9 inches


“…where the echo is able to give, in its own language,
the reverberation of the work in the alien one.”
(still, stilt), 2022
Cast iron, soapstone, stainless steel, 38 x 18 x 100 inches


flour + water, 2019
cast iron, wax, 8 x 3 x 16 in. & 5 x 4 x 8.5 in. (two pieces)