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