Sai Di grew up in mainland China and now resides in the unceded indigenous territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver, British Columbia). She worked in the technology sector for fifteen years before claiming her identity as an artist. Her exploration of diverse materials and mediums focuses on synthesis between art and various science disciplines employing drawing, apparatus building, sound and performance scores as primary methods.
She is intrigued by various technological modalities and interested in seeking artistic expression that transgresses the binary categories of “high” and “low” technology. Her current project involves working with feminine craft technologies such as folding, cutting and pattern-making with paper and fabric. She is also investigating biological mediums such as mycelium and petri-dish bacteria engineering, exploring the ethical use of bio hacking and Artificial Intelligence.
As an immigrant and ESL (English as a Second Language) person, she is interested in exploring how language mediates thinking, memory and aesthetic. She currently practices Asemic writing as means of remembering her Chinese heritage and as a form of creative meditation.
She holds a BSc degree from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and a BFA from the University of British Columbia. Her work has been exhibited at the Polygon Gallery, the Access Gallery, the Hatch Gallery and the Audain Gallery (University of British Columbia).