Xie Caomin: Samsara
2010/2011 Working Artist Project (WAP)
Exhibition Dates: April 30 – August 13, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29th / Artist Talk: Thursday, May 12th
The MOCA GA 2010/2011 Working Artist Project selected by Allison Unruh, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis.
Creative Loafing / Xie Caomin’s mandala-shaped paintings evoke the anxieties of 9/11
ArtsATL / Cosmic themes at TULA
About Caomin Xie
Xie Caomin (b. 1974 in Shanghai, China) is an Atlanta-based artist, originally from China. He has been teaching and working in the U.S. as a painter and new media artist since 1999. From 1989 to 2000 he studied sculpture and painting in both China at the Academy of Art and in Georgia at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Xie Caomin holds a BFA in sculpture and MFA in painting. He currently teaches studio art at Clayton State University.
“My interpretation of the Buddhist’s idea is all throughout my recent paintings of Mandala of Ruins series. Mandala first appeared in Tantric Buddhism as a form of sand painting. In the making of Mandala, different colored sand processed in metempsychosis like pictures changing in a kaleidoscope. It embodies the Buddhist concepts of creation, dwelling, destruction and emptiness. When we are confronting the stupendous creative and destructive powers of today’s technology, for me, Mandala is the best visual metaphor of our world.”
– Xie Caomin