'Archaeology of Water No.4' ,2015, Mixed medium on birch panel, 50 x 50 x 4 cm each panel, 4 panels in total
Yi works both in 2D and in moving images. Through her painterly works, she experiments with unusual techniques on humble materials. Her “paintings” look deceptively abstract, but with closer scrutiny, one can see her extreme attentiveness to materials and her inspiration from concrete existence in nature. The random patterns in her art works and her obsessive control of the materials echo the chaos of nature and the orderliness of the mind, whilst she aims to make these two qualities co-exist harmoniously. Her video works focus on alternative ways of storytelling and they function as visual poetry. She collects footages of small objects in staged environments, details in natural environments, or random glimpses of daily life, and weaves them into poetic compositions. Yi was born and raised in Changsha, a city in Central-South China. From 2006 to 2010 she studied at Kenyon College, a prestigious and idyllic Liberal Arts college in the United States. During that time, she was not only inspired to pursue art professionally, but also studied rigorously subjects
from Music to Social Science to Philosophy, which continue to inform her life and work. Yi has lived in many different places, such as Denmark and the Marshall Islands, before finally settling in London. She received the Mona Hatoum Scholarship and obtained her MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. During her time at Central Saint Martins, she exhibited extensively in London, and previously has received a prize organized by Tate Collectives for young artists. Shortly after graduation, she was included in the 2014 edition of Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition, which toured to many venues across the UK.