Sculpture (MA)

Yixin Zhang

Yixin Zhang 

  

Educations:

2013-2018 

BEng Architecture, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China 

2018-2020 

MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London, UK 

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Exhibitions:

2020 

Dirty Hands & Revelations, Standpoint Gallery, London, UK  

​2019  

WIP SHOW, Royal College of Art, London, UK 

Queuing on Stairs, Crypt Gallery, London, UK 

A World in Vertigo, Brunel Museum, London, UK 

​2018  

Lucid Dreaming, Fangsuo Book Store, Chengdu, China 

​2017 

Degas Art Gallery, VR gallery architecture design, Wuxi, China  

Contact

yixin.zhang@network.rca.ac.uk

https://www.yixin-zhang.com

Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

All the time, I am always attracted by myth, not only because of the visuals, also due to its highly summarizes and condenses the mundane stories and human nature. It includes fable stories, retribution, karma, and justice. it seems that human activities have already been observed and cannot be separated from certain models. The ongoing stories happen now and in the future seem that could be traced from myth. The enlightenment was not originally a specific historical stage, but the ancient impulse of human beings, which was designed to "liberate human beings from fear and make them masters of nature."   

Science and technology serve human beings. And the complex of science fiction stories revolves around human nature itself and does not escape the structure of natural things. Technology is constantly imitating nature itself and making progress with bionics. The science of the future is a Hyper-ancient technology from the past, and there will also have some misalignment of functions. 

Our interpretation of myths and analysis of social phenomena hopes to liberate the potential capabilities of humans and the dominance of discourse. We want to understand the enlightenment and want a solution. These originally enchanted things were disenchanted and fell into a trap between rationality and sensibility. Disenchantment means the redistribution of natural dominance, the dehumanization of people, the end of curiosity, and the destruction of myths.  

The modernity is characterized by the "progressive disenchantment of the world." And the final destination of these inevitable human behavior stages, is that we accept the reality of life, accept our identity, and accept the doubt and dissatisfaction of ourselves. Those disenchanted things will eventually be regained and re-enchanted again. It is not just deconstruction, it contains human feelings.    

salvation-Yixin Zhang

After 5 years, I went to visit my father’s family again. Shoot with a hidden camera, I observe my own family's story as an “outsider”. We think the thing matters. It's a problem, a trouble. But exactly is this one, the only connection, make them/us together.

I expressed my criticism of patriarchy, and dissatisfaction with the preference of son rather than a daughter in some areas of the world. It also includes my thinking on identity, education, cultural differences, and the full-time mother's role in a family.

Medium:

Video, sound

Size:

4’46”
anti-patriarchy
family story
female identity
gender equality
Hidden camera
nationalism
patriarchy
Video

The Method of 40-dress Parachute

Shot with a 16 mm film camera. A girl is attracted by a mysterious force and wants to master and change her own fate and destiny, to see into her own future. After being inspired by an ancient Apocalypse myth, she goes into the forest looking for a transformation. She jumps from a height over and over again. Eventually, her feet become a mermaid-like monster's tail.

Medium:

16mm film video, sound

Size:

2’11’’

Bloody Chamber-Yixin Zhang

Bloody Chamber-Yixin Zhang

“Burning the bloody chamber

Burning the house down”



The work takes its title from Angela Carter’s short story ‘Bloody Chamber’. She rewrote the Blue Beard story, changing the ending so the heroine defeats evil and finally frees herself. I participated in a short residency in Standpoint Gallery and used clay to create a violent non-fiction narrative scene. I added patchouli oil to enhance the senses, to de-stress. And the flaming, burning wax brought movement to the still sculpture.

Medium:

Clay, flaming wax, patchouli oil, acrylic paint, wood, and cotton fabric

Size:

0.3m*0.3m*0.3m

ANCESTOR-Yixin Zhang

ANCESTOR-Yixin Zhang

“Here are your choices

You can take a decision now”



I'm always attracted by myths, because they highly condense mundane stories of human nature. The basic pattern of many incidents is to take a choice that determines an unknown fate.

I cast my own hands and arms with plaster and blackened the fingertips as a kind of traditional decoration of witches. The hands holding different objects, symbolizing different choices to trigger different futures and develop many parallel worlds.

Medium:

Plaster, acrylic paint, wig, chains, stone and butterfly specimen

Size:

1m*0.5m*0.3m

Conditions of Love-Yixin Zhang

Driven by Lacan's Mirror Stage theory, we have been pursuing feedback from others and the outside world throughout our whole life.

Therefore, it can be interpreted that once a person is born, they are kidnapped by things around them, to pursue a self-recognition. People are not accepted by others, including even their parents, without any conditions. It is more than a single moment in the life of the infant; instead, it forms part of the permanent structure of subjectivity.

Medium:

Faux fur, PP cotton filler, polystyrene foam, padlock, chain, acrylic spray and acrylic board

Size:

1m*1m*0.3m

“How are you?” -Yixin Zhang

In a twisted body gesture, a hand is sewn to form the sign of OK.

“How are you” is the most common greeting. It might no longer have a specific meaning now, but it is a sign of our life going on.

The Scoliosis adjustment back bracing is obtained from my brother. And this film is a blessing for him.

Medium:

Cotton fabric, PP cotton filler and Scoliosis adjustment back bracing

Size:

3m*2m*0.5m

Coherence-Yixin Zhang

After being quarantined at home, people are now more eager to embrace the outside environment. Looking at the moon at home is one of my limited ways of communicating with nature. It’s my instinct that is attracted by this celestial planet.

After constantly shooting it for a whole month, I can feel the changes of it and how it impacts my moods as well as my hormones. The moon holds long-time questions for all humans. I have found that we miss many powerful natural forces and beauty.

Medium:

Video, sound

Size:

2’16”

Regain-Yixin Zhang

Regain-Yixin Zhang

Regain-Yixin Zhang

Regain-Yixin Zhang

Regain-Yixin Zhang

Part I: There once was a ball that you particularly liked it. However, but one day, because you were so stupid, you watched it roll into a whale's blowhole.

Part II: After many years, you are so still alive and luckily, the exact same ball returns to you. You know that you may even lose it again. But for a few seconds, the feeling of regaining it, is so FUCKING GREAT.

Medium:

3D Models, animation

Size:

35"
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