Yeni Mao’s work engages in issues of fragmentation, exploring equations of the body and architecture through restraint, domination and absence. His practice is an ongoing dialogue with materiality and vernacular building systems, challenging the perception of the cultural context of materials and images. Heavily influenced by both the theory and practice behind the architectural modernist movement, he challenges the conventions of object-hood, presentation, and the historically charged relationship between craft and industry.
Yeni Mao (b. 1971, CAN) was born in Guelph, Canada, and spent his developmental years in the United States, Sweden and Taiwan. He received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and subsequently trained in foundry work in California, and the architectural industries of New York. In 2016 Mao relocated to Mexico City.