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Commonplace Curator: Cui Kaixuan
2005-11-21 14:39:19    CRIENGLISH.com
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Cassidy Cui Kai Xuan was born in 1979 in the city of Daqing in Heilongjiang Province. She studied dancing and drawing as a child and had a broad range of interests. In high school she was awarded first prizes in speech and essay writing.

Nonetheless, she decided to pursue her interests in art and entered Qi Qi Ha'er University, majoring in Chinese painting. Throughout her school career she was active in various activities, including music, sports, writing, speech and curation of extracurricular projects.

She hosted a university-wide Chinese traditional culture quiz competition and the Teacher Student survey of landscape art exhibition. In 1998 she curated and organized a forum on "Art and the Lonely", featuring the music of drumbeats and other activities. Her music and prose performance, "Art of Catharsis" received excellent reviews.

She finished university with high marks and honors in Chinese painting, but after graduation still felt uncertain about her path. Her relationship to art felt both close and very far, so she decided to challenge herself by thrusting herself into the unknown. With the support of her family, she began post-graduate studies in contemporary art and critique in the art history department of the  Chinese Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. After one year, her search for meaning as an artist led her to begin studying for the entrance exam of CAFA's master program. After toiling diligently for two years, virtually in self-imposed solitude and finally gained a place as a masters student of arts administration at CAFA. Although the program has been an incredible challenge for her, she cherishes the opportunity. Through this, she has discovered a direction and goal for her efforts. She is sincerely motivated to help struggling artists to develop and create, and she is certain about the possibilities for art to open minds and ways of thinking.

Working to make the commonplace project has been an amazing uphill battle for both Cassidy and Elaine, but Cassidy is ever-optimistic and treats every obstacle encountered as a new experience. At each turn, she would say to herself, "I'm happy to have something to worry about!" Now finally, after the months of preparation, she hopes you will enjoy the final result!

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