As an artist and a designer, Tan engages in multiple genres that include film, video, animation, digital imaging, landscape painting, and communication design. While western culture and contemporary art helped opening up new perspectives, her creative work remains connected to her native Chinese culture in spirit and cosmologic outlook.
Tan’s work has been exhibited and screened at both national and international venues, including but not limited to the following: The International Image Festival, Manizales, Colombia; XXX Fuori Festival, Pesaro, Italy; Reykjavík Visual Music & Punto y Raya Festival, Reykjavík, Iceland; Punto y Raya Festival, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain; CYNETart_07, Dresden, Germany; Mediarama, Serville, Spain; 46th Sydney Film Festival, Australia; Transmediale Berlin, Germany; Technoimage Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil; backup.festival, Weimar, Germany; KINETICA Exhibition, Cinematheque Ontario, Canada; Dream Centenary Computer Graphics Grand Prix, Japan; 3rd international shortfilm festival g-niale, “between image and sound” Stralsund, Germany; Circulo de Bellas Artes, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, NY; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, MA; The Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater, San Antonio; Visual Arts Museum, NY; Anthology Film Archives, NY.
Among Tan’s awards and honors are Best Short Film Selection from Punto y Raya Festival 2011, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain, 2011; Best of 25th Northwest Film and Video Festival, the 25th Northwest Film and Video Festival Production Service Award, China National Book Art Exhibition Second Place. Her work is featured in books and publications including Seeing Sound: Experimentation in Contemporary Music Graphics (Rizzoli International and Thames and Hudson), Animation: Art and Industry (John Libbey), CGI, The Magazine for Computer Graphics, UK.