Triss is an illustrator and animator who lives and works in London. She earned a Bachelor of Graphic communication design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and is currently studying for her Master’s in Information Experience Design from Royal College of Art. During her study, she has successfully Launched two self-published comic art collections, Triss Daily and the Quack Agent. Her animation, Windows, was selected for an excellent award in CDGA Graphic Design Award 2020. Her illustrations have a wide client base in China, including Tmall, Chicecream China, and CASTEL FRÈRES. Triss was honored to be invited as the manager of key vision for a number of corporate offline promotions. Her recent work, The Quack Agent, has been selected and exhibited in Boomer Gallery. In her recent practice, Triss is exploring the possibilities of physical computing as a tool for urban residents to embrace nature. Moving from the field of illustration to interaction design, her work is aimed to measure the distance between nature and urban greenness from a creative perspective. Through multiple materials, Triss seeks to get the audience involved by relocating typical human behavior and sense in the tangible interactive experience.
Yingzi (Triss) Qian
(De)colonization + Globalization = (Re)colonization?
From the 16th to the 20th centuries, Western colonisation was not only evident in the slave trade and land exploitation, but also in the looting and displanting of native plants. This work discusses the impact of the colonial period on the present and the current Reshaping of other cultures by privileged Western societies through the perspective of botanical colonisation, using 3d printed plants as a vehicle for discursive design. A series of plants (tomatoes, potatoes, cotton) present themselves as growing in the silhouette of a botanical garden sunroom, which reflects the introduction of non-European cultures in a Western context that takes on a form that appeals to the western Aesthetics. The question of who defines decolonization becomes profound in the context of globalization.
The video collage implements the context of the entire project. By linking audio and video footage from the 1900s colonial period to the 1960s botanical gardens, it satirizes the distortion and misappropriation of the concept of diversity by privileged Western societies.