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Yani Sheng (b.1982)
Born in Taiwan, raised in Belize, and educated in Canada, transplant Yani Sheng has recently taken roots in Columbus, Ohio. She received her B.F.A. in Visual Art and her Bachelor of Education from Memorial University. Having exhibited in several galleries abroad, including Image Factory Gallery, JL Gallery, and SWGC Gallery, Yani has now found herself immersed in the Columbus local art scene.
Yani had her first solo exhibit in Columbus at BrickBox Studios, Mcconnell Art Gallery, and was selected as an emerging artist by the Columbus Art Festival. Her work was also featured in the Columbus Museum of Art’s “An Evening with Art 2020.”
A few months into the pandemic, I started to realize just how profoundly it was impacting me. I noticed that I was spiraling into depression and my anxiety was rising. I turned to art to see if there was a way to channel these feelings into something constructive. I carved a portrait of myself wearing a mask. It was therapeutic. From there, I was off to the races. Within the next 6 months or so, I created over 30 portraits of individuals wearing their masks. These individuals included friends and family as well as strangers. I am hoping this series entitled “Faces in The Time of Covid” will give folks a sense of community and hope, as we fight this deadly disease together.