Lansi Zhou, a London-based visual artist, has traversed a trajectory of artistic growth across eleven cities, beginning her journey in China before relocating to the United States at the age of twelve. Graduating with honours from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in Painting, Lianxi’s dedication to her craft is evidenced by her collaborations with prestigious entities such as Marie Claire (China), and EnJoy Studio (Chicago).
Central to Lansi’s artistic practice is the profound exploration of personal identity amidst diverse cultural contexts. Her work seeks to dismantle entrenched paradigms and foster alternative methods of expression by attempting to forge meaningful connections between different visual media. By engaging with this creative intersection, Lansi challenges conventional notions and invites viewers to embark on a journey of self-discovery.
With an emphasis on the multifaceted tapestry of identity shaped by heritage and environment, Lansi's creative process embodies a deliberate fusion of visual elements and techniques. Drawing inspiration from many sources, her art defies traditional categorisations and opens up new possibilities for expressing complex ideas.
The Big White Rabbit
The Big White Rabbit is a boundary-pushing artist publication that delves into the realm of loss and the transformative power of objects. Through a mix of creative writing, illustration, graphic design, and photography, this project aims to explore how the absence of things can shape and alter our memories, emotions, and perceptions of the world around us.
Within the exploration of the archive of lost, a profound question arises ‘can we still prove the existence of a lost item’? As an activity of collecting and representing the past, the archive plays a vital role in identifying one’s identity and validating our existence. However, what happens when no archive is available for these lost objects that once represented their past existence?
By representing these lost objects and capturing the lingering traces of vanishing objects in the passage of time, every boundary of each entity dissolves. In the realm of fading memories, lost objects cease to possess distinct shapes and appearances, replaced by blurred shadows and emptiness. Simultaneously, distorted text and fragmented information symbolise the inherent instability of individual memories in the passage of time.
At the same time, the formal choice of the archive extends beyond mere preservation; it is an endeavour rooted in our innate human desire to forge a connection with the past. By capturing and cataloguing the ephemeral moments and experiences that shape our existence, we bridge the gap between the past and the present, constructing a bridge of understanding and meaning.
In the tapestry of time, a kaleidoscope unfolds,
Where whispers of lost memories and stories are told.
The scent of forgotten gardens, petals in the breeze,
As fragments of remembrance dance amidst the trees.
Through the misty haze,
The touch of a hand, a secret they keep.
In the void of missing pieces, an invitation to explore,
A symphony of imagination, where memories adore.