For more than two decades, Jan-Ru Wan has been re-using found objects, especially those discarded from industrial factories, in her sculpture and installation work, re-inventing and elevating their original purpose. Her unique way of incorporating wildly diverse materials with layers of repetition and creating a space of awe is the signature of her installation works.
Throughout Wan’s career, she has participated in 28 solo exhibitions and 44 group exhibitions including the 1st International Biennial of Casablanca at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art in Taiwan; the Yango-Biennial in Kinshasa, Congo. Her work has been featured in Surface Design Magazine and Sculpture Magazine. The National Art Education Association Anthology: Globalization, Art, and Education devoted an entire chapter on her work. In 2006, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee honored Wan with the GOLD award, recognizing her as the Graduate of the Last Decade.
Wan is also the recipient of North Carolina’s 2008 Visual Art Fellowship for the amount of $10,000. Wan has also been awarded artist residencies in Taiwan, Thailand, Morocco, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United States.
The Noise We Make will be supported by an exhibition, The Residue of Being, featuring smaller work by Jan-Ru Wan at the New Gallery of Contemporary Art.