Yi Hsuan Lai
Yi Hsuan Lai
Yi Hsuan Lai is a visual artist from Taiwan currently working in New York. She incorporates pho-tography, sculptures made of polymer clay, and found objects to create photographic and sculptural assemblages that reflect the fluidity of the body, the complexity of self-identity, and Otherness.
Her work has been shown in A Body: Figure and Flesh at Floor Gallery (2022, Seoul, South Ko-rea), If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now at Wassaic Project (2021, Wassaic, NY), Unmute 10002 residency group show at Austrian Cultural Forum (2021, New York), Anonymous Town at SPRING/BREAK Art Show (2020, New York), The Thing in Itself at NARS Residency (2020, New York). Seasonal Repression at Field project (2020, New York), In Visible Space at Here Art (2020, New York), Body Language at Deer studio (2020, New York), Break a leg in Photo emphasis at Sugar gallery (2019, Fayetteville) and WONDER FOTO Day (2019, Taiwan).
Stems from her emigration and feminine experience, Yi Hsuan creates sophisticated construc-tions and reinterprets the objects ambiguously through the depiction of the lens with a visceral and anthropomorphic quality to speak to people’s physical and psychological experiences. Through her playful use of the image intertwining with materiality and space, her work fluctuates between construction and deconstruction, fiction and reality, in two and three dimensions, to evoke the audience’s longing for touch and revalue the one-time use of materials into a bodily and otherworldly representation.