Bio
Charlene Shih is a visual artist, who was born and raised in Taiwan, and received an MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts. Working in the medium of film, painting, and installation, her style combines contemporary culture influences with a strong Asian feel, mostly dealing with controversial subjects.
Charlene has produced many award winning animation and experimental films. She has also produced and directed numerous documentary films for international channels such as National Geographic Channel, Discovery, and NHK. She currently resides in Los Angeles California. 

Artist Statement
My early works of painting, installation, animation, and video have all related to the role of me being a female Asian artist.  They cannot be separated from the Chinese painting and calligraphy that I was nurtured with since birth. The works are a constant struggle between east and west; desire and morality, and the process of finding my own identity.
At age 28, I finished the experimental film “Women”, an animated film that was done completely using ink on rice paper. It includes all of the concepts and ideas I expressed in my previous works. “Women” was a milestone for me. After completing “Women”, I could relinquish the feminist topics and Chinese painting and calligraphy obsessions I had explored .
It has been over a decade since “Women” was completed. Since then, my focus has switched to family, friends, and controversial topics in the society. But even after a decade, I realized that women’s roles have not changed much. The style of Chinese paintings and calligraphy have not altered either as we walk into a new century. 
After trying to break all the rules, my role is still identified as a female director, a daughter, a wife. It doesn’t matter how hard I struggle, in the end I am just like all the other women, put back into a small box that everyone can identify with and agree upon. My work continues to struggle against the rules and lingering the tradition.

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