Xiaojing Yan | Floating


Saturday Jul 15, 2017 to Sunday Sep 17, 2017


Xiaojing Yan's installation works fuse East and West and reflect on her fundamental formation in classical Chinese art and the major shift in cultural identity she experienced after she moved to Canada:"I filter Chinese thoughts through English works, English words through Chinese culture, and my images through the concepts of my art - all the while my core sense of Self remains suspended above and between these two worlds." Chinese culture, training and traditions inspire the minimalist concept and theatricality of her work, Western culture and training molds and informs it. Light flows over and through Xiaojing Yan's floating sculptural forms casting ghostly shadow patterns on the walls which enhance the ephemeral quality of her delicate work. Shadows naturally add to the mundane materials she artist works with: reed, rice paper and plastic tubes. The forms created with these materials can take on the shape of flowers such as water lilies and morning glories. Other times Yan 'draws' on gallery walls using countless amount of star anise, a common Asian spice, to reinterpret Chinese ink-painting motifs such as mountains. Wherever her vast imagination takes her, Xiaojing Yan's mesmerizing art will engage viewers on many levels once they have stepped into this artist's magical world.




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