Toronto, ON, Canada
Sami Tsang is a Toronto based ceramic artist whose work explores domestic encounters and private narratives borne out of the flux amidst two cultures – Chinese and Western. Sami studied traditional Chinese painting for 7 years in Hong Kong, which had a profound effect on her pursuing an arts career. Returning to Canada, Sami first studied ceramics at H.B. Secondary School in London, ON, renowned for its arts program, then earned her BA Craft & Design from Sheridan College (2019) and her MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University, NY (2021). Sami has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Canada, including the ClayAkar Gallery, Iowa City, IA, the Gardiner Museum and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, ON.
She is a Canadian-born Chinese woman ceramic artist whose work explores domestic encounters and private narratives borne out of the flux amidst two cultures – Chinese and Western. She uses a vocabulary of images to express her hopes and fears about her life. Growing up as the youngest child of a conservative Hong Kong family, her voice was not welcomed. When her heart allows, she finds relationships between these stories and the materials she uses in her practice, such as clay, resin, rice paper, and ballpoint pen, and work them into sculptural ceramics using cartoonist-like gestures to confront the raw emotional experiences we share.