KAIXI Yang
Kaixi (pronounced Kai-shee, born Katherine Yang in 1998,) is a polymathic artist from Auckland, New Zealand.
A recent graduate of the Product Design program at Stanford University, Kaixi has been able to mix art, empathy, entrepreneurship and mechanical engineering into her current engagements in biotextile innovation, eco-activism, music, and digitally aided fashion production.
Her past design projects range from tele-health devices that convert iPhones to ophthalmoscopes at oDocs Eye Care, modular packaging for smart sensor garments at StretchSense, wearable air pollution smart filters at AVA, and art direction for a Stanford blockchain healthcare platform. She participated in the selective Apple Women in Science and Engineering Mentorship program where she learned about innovative manufacturing methods, and is a 2019 Interact Fellow.
She is the co-founder and creative facilitator of ArtX, an interdisciplinary creative collective that bridges divides between art and science/technology on Stanford campus. 
They are merging expression through artist residency programs, installations - notably a 20x30 ft laser mist projection, an outdoor art fair, workshops on topics like creative coding and neural artistic style transfer, tours of institutions like Google AR/VR, and community oriented exhibitions and audio-visual festivals.
Kaixi has shown works in various solo and group exhibitions internationally. She is the recipient of CIE's Top in the World in Art & Design: Painting, Top in New Zealand in Graphic Design, and Sociology, has won regional and national awards for her paintings, and has been featured in a number of leading New Zealand news outlets. She has created in residence with bioluminescent bacteria under Dr. Siouxsie Wiles for the Auckland Art Festival, has welded with renowned large scale figurative sculptor Marco Cochrane, and has interned with genre-bending immersive artist Alexa Meade.
Kaixi was brought up as a shopkeeper's assistant, and a wholesaler/craftsman's apprentice, in a family of storytellers, philosophers, foragers and hustlers. Drawing from the age of 4, she ended up painting and advocating for tech literacy for creative empowerment so hard that she got here. Her journey, far from complete, has been one of prolific creation of puns, resonances and harmonies, as well as personal transcendence.