Han Mengyun (b.1989, Wuhan) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, installation, text and video, as well as nodes of their intersections. Seeking alternative discourses on painting in various non-Western traditions and the possibility of cross-cultural pollination, her paintings integrate traditional crafts such as Indian woodblock printing on canvas and inhabit installations inspired by religious architectures. Han’s multi-layered work enacts forgotten narratives and mythologies with spiritual, transhistorical and transcultural undertones.
Han received her B.A. in Studio Art from Bard College in the US in 2012 and has pursued the study of Sanskrit at various institutions such as Kyoto University before she completed her MFA at the University of Oxford with a research focus on Classical Indology and Indian aesthetic theories in 2018. She has worked at the British Museum and has previously taught at Rutgers University. Recent exhibitions include: “The Pavilion of Three Mirrors”, Ad-Diriyah Biennale: Feeling the Stones, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2021); “Splinters of Jade”, A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu (2019); “In Between Islands”, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2013) etc.
She is currently based in London.