Hailing from Guangzhou, one of the largest cities in China, Alice Fan came to North Cross School two years ago with a strong background in studio art. A frequent art museum visitor, Alice made the decision to immerse herself in sketch lessons in China at the age of 15. For six hours per day, five days a week, for a month and a half, she never found the classes boring. The intense study also prepared her to become the artist she is today. “Entering the tenth grade at my previous school, I became one of the class leaders. My duties included creating a wall newspaper in our classroom four times a year, and developing a class logo used in the Sports Day. The wall newspaper and class logo both won the Best Design Award in my school. I became more and more confident in my artistic skills,” she said.
At the 2016 Student Art Show in Logan Gallery, Fan has her own exhibit titled “FANtasy” that displays 12 pieces of work from her portfolio, including sketchbook drawings. The pieces were created with a variety of media including colored pencil, marker, pen, pastel, acrylic, and some unusual materials like CDs. The subjects of these pieces range from tangible objects to abstract feelings. “Twins” was the results of her experiments with light and varied materials, using fragments of compact disks as the main medium and includes the alternating sounds of neurons firing and bone breaking. “These fragments shine different colors like beautiful jewelries and diamonds.” she said in her Artist Statement.
Alice believes that her artistic experience over past 15 years have made her a better artist, and have prepared her for the life at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City next fall, where she plans to study graphic design.