The Thread of Wanderers
RenQian Yang’s art practice is a give and take of finding answers, asking questions, and the rediscovery of problem solving. Her work addresses the both the unity and the contradiction of dichotomies: restriction and freedom; complexity and simplicity; correctness and abstraction. At the same time, her work explores the distance between man and nature, man and society, and man and his own feelings and desires. Her current work develops from her interest in stories of “The Ant Tribe,” people from China that were born in the 1980s and now live in the underdeveloped suburbs of major cities. The majority are young college graduates from the countryside who have no steady salary and have no choice but to live a life like an ants – living in cramped quarters (colonies), intelligent, hardworking, but anonymous and underpaid – they live lives filled with anxiety and hope.
“I want to explore their feelings towards the city… How they feel trapped in real life, but also free in their mind. they are constantly finding themselves in-between the two.”
“How we can exist in different emotions, how can I keep the memory alive, and keep the moment frozen to capture the moment of change and frailness. It will always be a question that I have when I make work.”
RenQian Yang received her BFA from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in the Sichuan province in China where she was born and raised. After undergrad, she worked for several years at the Zhejiang Huatian Decoration Design & Research Institute and also as a freelance ceramicist. She is currently a 2nd year graduate student in Ceramics at Syracuse University where she was awarded the VPA Global Excellence Award for her video “Cheng Chen.”