Mimi Bai was born in Xi’an, China and is currently based in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Alfred University (MFA, Sculpture) and Wesleyan University (BA, Sociology). Bai is currently participating in the Whitney Independent Study Program (2017 – 2018) as well as the Artist Studios Program Residency at the Museum of Arts and Design (2017 – 2018).
Bai’s work investigates how people interpret, exercise, and experience power at individual and interpersonal levels. She examines conflict, intimacy, and identity in relationships and then designs furniture to reflect and reshape our understanding of these relationships.
In her practice, she weaves together a variety of processes, from writing to glass casting, woodworking to photography as she shifts between two-dimensional work, sculpture, and installation.
Bai also works as a designer for film and theater.