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Photography (MA)

Huiying Yan

On the left a stone in the shape of a pig made of paper pulp and on the right a stone in the shape of a turtle
On the left is a stone in the shape of a rabbit and on the right is a stone in the shape of a camel

Huiying Yan is an artist from Guangzhou, China. Her research is based on the environment and folklore where she grew up.

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesPhotography (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

A book of Stones

Stones is an installation that combines a two-dimensional photographic book with three-dimensional fake stones, inviting the viewer's imaginative interpretation.

Inspired by the culture of collecting stones in the form of natural objects in my hometown, I have used the stone element in this work to consider how people directly associate habit with representation when viewing objects, and to highlight the concern that in today's complex perceptual world people rely too much on habit and lose sight of the essence of the object.

Natural, intuitive, and familiar, objects with such appearances may also be absurd traps that deceive the senses. "Natural stones" of various shapes, imitated by paper pulp, are placed on wooden shelves and the viewer can look at them from any angle, or imagine them as they wish in relation to their experience. The photographic book is present as a guide, and the image, which is supposed to be a medium for understanding the world, can become a distraction from discovering the essence of the work.