Yi Xiong

Vanitas - Decaying

(2021) 13x12x5" Porcelain

Since childhood, I have been sensitive to current events and things around me. What  happens around me affects me all the time, so I like to tell my thoughts by recording what I  see and hear. I believe objects can reflect a person's life and story, At the same time,  objects are personal and carry emotions and feelings. As a Chinese, the way Chinese  people express their emotions is euphemistic. We never express our feelings directly, but  through objects. That‘s why I use objects to express my emotions depending on many  factors, thus reflecting my thoughts and world outlook. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a  huge impact on my life, which made me start to think about what it means to be me.  Looking back to art history, many artists before me have made art objects using their  experience in previous pandemics and the resulting deaths as a theme in their work. My  work is inspired by Vanitas paintings, a genre of still-life painting that flourished in the  Netherlands in the early 17th century. A Vanitas painting contains collections of objects  that symbolize the inevitability of death, the transience of achievements, and the vanity of  earthly pleasures. This genre exhorts the viewer to consider mortality and to repent.