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Ed Pien

Ripples Study (2016)

Ground floor, located in the southeast corridor.

Ed Pien (b. 1958, Taipei City, Taipei, Taiwan)

Painted waterjet-cut alumnium
24" x 48"

Birch Contemporary
This work is one of 3 unique maquette studies for a larger installation.

Exhibition Information

Birch Contemporary

This work is one of 3 unique maquette studies for a larger installation.

Artist Statement:
As a Taiwanese-born artist living in Canada, and having experienced marginalization, through my work I celebrate diversity and attempt to champion those who have less autonomy and agency.

What interests me is the myriad of ways in which different cultural systems impact who we are, and how as individuals, we can negotiate and act in the world in responsible, respectful, and empathetic ways. Through the process of researching and making art I contemplate notions of loss, mourning, empathy, resilience and healing…Fundamentally I aim to realize poetic and engaging art that is imbued with emotional, physical and conceptual resonance.

- Ed Pien

Artist statement courtesy of artist’s website.


Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. He has been making art for over 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at age eleven.

Pien has shown extensively, both nationally and internationally, in venues that include the Drawing Centre, NYC: the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Canadian Culture Centre in Paris; The Goethe Institute in Berlin; The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; The Art Gallery of Ontario; Musée des beaux arts, Montreal; Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal; Songzhuang Art Centre, Beijing; the National Art Gallery of Canada; as well as Oboro. He has participated in the 2000 and 2002 Montreal Biennales; the 18th Edition of the Sydney Biennale, “Oh Canada”, at MASS MoCA. Pien also presented work at the 5th Edition of the Moscow Biennale, and the Beijing International Art Biennale.

Biography courtesy of the artist’s website.

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