Alchemyverse is an artist duo based in New York. The members combine craft and research through their respective backgrounds in visual arts and sound studies. Their practice explores the theme of transformation intimating their diasporic experiences, which mines meaning and reconciliation in the wilderness. Their work builds sensory channels between the deep time and the human experience, emphasizing the mutual empathy amongst materials, people, and land.
The duo began their collaboration during their time at the MFA program at Columbia University where they first met. Bicheng Liang (b. 1994, China) received his BFA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, China. Yixuan Shao (b. 1996, China/US) received her Bachelor’s degree from University of California, San Diego. Together, Alchemyverse has exhibited at the School of Visual Arts (NY), Lenfest Center of the Arts (NY), Catherine Fosnot Art Gallery and Center (CT), LeRoy Neiman Gallery (NY), and the Bishop Museum. Their artist research was presented at the IRCAM forum at New York University. A recent alumnus of the 2022 leadership camp at Asia Art Archive in America and the 2021 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Center Residency program, the duo was also a finalist of the 2021 Monira Foundation Artist Residency Program and the 2022 Smack Mellon Artist in Residence Program. Currently, they are in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (NY).