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Zone A Independent Project

Xiaojing Yan, Cloudscape
Papermill Gallery
67 Pottery Road
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Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre


Xiaojing Yan - Toronto, Canada

Installation, Sculpture

Cloudscape is an elaborate installation work of constructed reed and paper forms that float and soar through space. The dramatic formation refers to traditional Chinese landscape painting where natural forms are re-interpreted under the lens of culture. What results are decorative motives, depicting water transforming into cloud, that become a convoluted representation of the natural. Yan’s work speaks of the reality of living with dualism, disengagement and isolation. Through her work, Yan invites us to enjoy the magic show but gently makes us aware of ungrounded assumptions and comfortable complacencies.

Suitable for all ages