Cloud Cell

Xiaojing Yan | 闫晓静TorontoCanada

2014Freshwater pearls, monofilament thread, aluminium.

Edition 1 / 4

114 x 114 x 243 cm

Technical support and computer rendering by Zhiyang Mao.Cloud Cell is a hanging work made of over 13,000 freshwater pearls suspended in space by hundreds of clear filaments. Like a three dimensional pointillist painting, an image is formed by luminescent dots in space. This curvilinear form is inspired by Chinese garden stones, or scholar's stone. The scholar's stone is an object of reverence in China.Formed by the slow erosion of water, the scholar's stone is seen as a site for contemplation and a symbol of wisdom. The form of the installation also resembles a mushroom cloud, the aftermath of a nuclear explosion. Here a duality is presented and free floating. The ghost-like sentiment of the work is intentional. While the form is based in nostalgia, there appears to be a looming sense of alarm and dangerous beauty.

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As an artist migrating from China to North America, both my identity and my work pass through the complex filters of different countries, languages, and cultural expectations. Making art is a transmigration of my ideas, and thus my spirit, move through and with the different layers of my physical experience.

In an effort to shape myself, I take traditional Chinese materials and techniques and reinvent them within a contemporary aesthetic and presentation. In the series, Flux, I use the reeds and red tissue paper of Chinese lantern making to mold the fragile cocoons of  an immigrant life – where staying safe and protected within an unfamiliar, often intimidating cultural environment is essential to emerging and adapting with a reincarnated identity.

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