ABOUT Xie Caomin
Xie Caomin (b. 1974 in Shanghai, China) is an Atlanta-based artist, originally from China. He has been teaching and working in the U.S. as a painter and new media artist since 1999. From 1989 to 2000 he studied sculpture and painting in both China at the Academy of Art and in Georgia at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Xie Caomin holds a BFA in sculpture and MFA in painting. He currently teaches studio art at Clayton State University. His current body of work titled “Mandala of Ruins,” uses oil paint and images of architectural and mechanical debris. The series, according to the artist statement, "embodies the Buddhist concept of samsara/metempsychosis, which is the circle of creation, establishment, destruction and emptiness and its relation to 9/11 "as we confront the stupendous creative and destructive powers of today’s technology."
“My interpretation of the Buddhist’s idea is all throughout my recent paintings of “Mandala of Ruins” series. Mandala first appeared in Tantric Buddhism as a form of sand painting. In the making of Mandala, different colored sand processed in metempsychosis like pictures changing in a kaleidoscope. It embodies the Buddhist concepts of creation, dwelling, destruction and emptiness. When we are confronting the stupendous creative and destructive powers of today’s technology, for me, Mandala is the best visual metaphor of our world.”
- Xie Caomin