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Susanna Ferrell and Britta Erickson
Britta Erickson, Ph.D., is an independent scholar and curator living in Palo Alto, California. Since the late 1980s her work has focused on contemporary Chinese art, with a special interest in ink painting. Erickson has curated major exhibitions at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C. (Word Play: Contemporary Art by Xu Bing), and the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford (On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West). In 2007 she co-curated the Chengdu Biennial, which focused on ink art, and in 2010 she was a contributing curator for Shanghai: Art of the City (Asian Art Museum, San Francisco). She produced a series of short films about ink painting, The Enduring Passion for Ink, in 2013. She is also on the boards of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing), Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and ArtAsiaPacific. In 2006 she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Beijing on the Chinese contemporary art market. Since 2013 she has been Artistic Director at INKStudio, a gallery based in Beijing.; Susanna Ferrell is a scholar of contemporary art history living and working in Los Angeles, California. She received her B.A. in Art History and Fine Art from Scripps College in 2015, with theses on the art of Yayoi Kusama and obsessive compulsive disorder, and the exhibiting of Chinese contemporary ink art in major Western institutions. Ferrell received her master\'s degree in the History of Art from The Courtauld Institute in 2016, with a focus on contemporary Chinese art history. Her dissertation explored the use of alter-egos by artists Chen Lingyang and Cao Fei, as both masks and agents for their own feminisms. Following her graduation in 2016, Ferrell joined the Chinese and Korean Art Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she is a curatorial assistant focusing on the museum\'s collection of contemporary Chinese art. Ferrell\'s research interests include phenomenology, pattern and disorder, mental and physical health, women\'s rights, and the digital multiverse.
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Yang Jiechang: 100 Layers of Ink, 100 Layers of Action
Volume 17, Number 2, March/April 2018
by Susanna Ferrell and Britta Erickson
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