Mimi Bai was born in Xi’an, China and is currently based in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Alfred University (MFA, Sculpture), Wesleyan University (BA, Sociology). She will be participating as a studio fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program (2017 – 2018) as well as the Artist Studios Program Residency at the Museum of Art and Design (2017 – 2018).
Bai designs and builds furniture in order to investigate power, intimacy, and identity.
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.
She also works as a designer and fabricator for film, theater, and commercials.