Bio / Artist Statement

Charlene Shih is an interdisciplinary artist exploring themes of identity through her work in film, painting, and installation. 

Drawing from her experience growing up in Taiwan and living and studying in the US, Charlene seeks to understand herself as a modern Taiwanese-American woman. Her work employs symbols, letters, and patterns to examine the relationships between identity, physicality, and the outside world. Through experimental animation and documentary films, paintings, and installations, Charlene explores the themes of belonging, cultural identity, and personal history. She has been awarded artist residencies from notable institutions such as 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, Taipei Artist Residency, and Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.


Charlene's work is intended to spark conversation and encourage self-reflection in her audience. Her continued exploration of the complexities of identity pushes the boundaries of traditional definitions and categories.

 

Education
1998 MFA California Institute of the Arts- Film/experimental animation
1995 BFA Otis College of Arts and Design- Fine Arts

Selected Exhibition

2023 Superfine Art Fair Los Angeles

2023 Brand 51 Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper

2022 Open Show (Juried by MOCA curator Rebecca Lowery), Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2022/2023 CA 101 group show Redondo Beach, CA

2022 Gallery 825 MAKE PLAIN Group show, Los Angeles

2020 Gallery 825 Open show, Los Angeles

2019 Art Salon China Town, Los Angeles Group show

2018 CA101, Redondo Beach- Group show
2017 Venice Institute of Contemporary Art and MuzeuMM- "Gimme 5" group show
2017 Art Share L.A. Los Angeles - "Exteriors" Group show
2017 New Art Center, MA -"In Flawed Abundance" group show
2013 Studio 2224- "40" Video + Performance
2012 Hong-gah Museum, Taiwan- "Ambiguous Being" group show
2012 Studio2224 Taipei, Taiwan- Sugar Baby project
2011 Cité internationale des Arts, France - "Le Choix de Paris" group show
2011 Les Voûtes Paris. France - "La trace du temps" group exhibition
2010 San jose Museum of arts. USA - Plastic Life exhibition
2009 One year gallery Taipei, Taiwan – Solo Show
2009 Taiwan National Museum – Video Art
2008 Taipei Artist Village – “Parallel Time” 3 person Show
2008 Taipei Train Station- Public installation – Stop Human Trafficking
2006 Co6 Taiwan Avant-Garde Documenta - Group show/Taiwan
2006 Hua-shen Art District – Journey of the west Group Show/Taiwan
2006 Jeff Hsu’s Art Gallery – Group Show / Taiwan
2006 18 Street Artist Complex/ Los Angeles
2004 “Lumber Yard” Theater/video performance Taipei Huang-guan Theater
2002-2003 Santa Monica Fine arts Studios- group show
2001 Group Show in Substation- Singapore
2000 Three Women show- Taipei Front Gallery


Filmography

2015 Nat Geo "Taiwan:Island of Fish" series- Executive producer
2015 Nat Geo "Taiwan:Island of Fish/Big Cath I, II"- Producer
2014 River of Art - Producer, Director
2013 Discovery Channel "Chineseness- Zhang Huan"- Producer, Director
2013 NHK/KBS/Media Corop "Sailors in the Wheatfield" - Producer, Editor
2013 National Geographic "Inside:China's Biggest Gala" - Producer
2012 National Geographic "Taiwan's Medical Miracle" - Producer
2012 National Geographic "Cradle of the Mandopop"- Producer
2011 National Geographic “Trash to Treasure" - Producer
2011 Video Installation "40"
2010 National Geographic “Inside: Taipei Deaflympics” – Producer, Director
2009 National Geographic “Hip Hop Nation”- Producer
2008 35mm short film “Treasure Island”- Producer, Director
2007 Video installation "Secret Garden"
2007 National Geographic “Super Pigs"- Producer, Director, Editor
2005 Video installation "12 steps to success for artists in Los Angeles"
2005 National Geographic “Spirit Talk” - Director, Editor
2003 35mm Experimental film “ Papa Blue” - Producer, Director
1999 16mm Animated film “Women” Producer, Director, Animator


Selected film awards & showcase
2016 Alaska International Film Awards - Northern Lights Emerging Talent Awards
2016 International Women's Film Festival- Official selection
2015 St.Louis International Film Festival
2015 Les Ecrans de Chine France Film Festival
2013 China documentary Academy - Best Chinese subject award
2013 Columbus International Film/video Festival Honorary Mention
2009 Athens International Film Festival
2008 Columbus International Film/video Festival Honorary Mention
2007 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
2006 Golden Bell Award Best Editing Award
2004 Golden Harvest Film Festival Best Experimental film
2004 Drama International Film Festival/Greece Best Animated Film
2004 San Francisco International Film Festival
2004 Hawaii International Film Festival
2004 Holland International Animation Film Festival
2003 Taipei Film Festival Creative Genre Award
2003 Brauschweig Internationa Film Festival
2003 Kansas City Film Jubilee Best Experimental Film
2003 Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Best Short Film Nominated
2003 Golden Harvest Film Festival Best Animated short
2000 Taipei International Film Festival Grand Prix
1999 New York Shorts International Film Festival Best Experimental Film

Artist Residency
2011 Cité internationale des arts Paris Residency
2008 Taipei Artist Village Residency
2006 Santa Monica 18 Street Artist Residency

Other
2018 Crossing boarder documentary Campus- Trainer
2017 Taichung International Animation Film Festival- Juror
2014-2016 Awakening Foundation- Director
2013 Golden Bell TV Award- Juror
2013 Taipei County Doc Pitching - Juror
2012 Chungyu Institute of Technology- Assistant Professor
2010 Chinese Culture University- Lecturer
2009 Xin-Chu Rong-jia Foundation- Lecturer
2008 Urban Nomad Film Festival- Juror
2008 Taiwan Golden Bell TV Festival- Juror
2006 Southern Film Festival- Juror
2004 Taiwan Women Film Festival- Juror