Emma (Yimeng) Zhu holds a bachelor degree in architecture from Cornell University. Throughout her undergraduate study, she has experimented with a variety of art forms.  Recently, she discovered installation art as an effective tool/vehicle to convey her idea about the relationship between architectural space and human body. 

Emma sees architectural space as an elastic boundary that mediates between human body and the environment. In her undergraduate thesis, titled “Boundary in Motion”, she focused on exploring the effects that elastic material have on human’s internal senses and perception of space.

Emma’s interests span widely into textile and sound art. She collaborated with Andrea Aranow, the founder of Textile Hive, in doing research of disappearing Hainan Li culture and archiving her collection of Hainan Li textile, which would be on view in Museum of NYC in the following year. Emma also spent a year in “shaping sound”, a seminar in sound art, testing her idea about “unbalanced” body and space.

Emma is currently starting up an art/architectural lab, Facing South (坐北朝南), in Beijing with her parents, both architects. In this lab, experimentation is core. Creations originate from free thoughts rather than intentions.


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