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b. 1981, works and lives in Shanghai

Epson ultra giclee print, hahnemuhle photo rag baryta
Edition of 3 + 1AP

The photo is taken in a planar, focus-blurring way with artificial light.

Light is the key for us to see objects. We seem to be able to recognize everything under natural light. Via light, a gift from the nature, we observe the real world clearly. Developments of the human world and our mounting anxiety for cognition inspire us to mimic the nature world. We create artificial lights to record facts in further observation into the cognitive realm. Through people’s diligence, we have invented lighting devices as well as other artificial products and equipment to record what we see.

What would happen if I take this clue of cognition into a special analysis? I chose a plastic stuff which is out of obvious function as my study object, because it isolates and eliminates the environmental hints.

The flashlight (not the natural lighting) gives the object shape and details; the camera’s blurring focus made the object ambiguous. Now, what is this object? What can we learn from this clue of artificial cognition? I am so fascinated by it...

So far, we see a planar spectacle from which we can neither affirm its function nor the characteristics or details. It’s a vacuumized real object in another space. These series of humanly interfered cognition mode is greatly different from the cognition facts that nature gives us. However, such paradox is rooted in the nature we have mimicked.

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