Scissor – Paper – Stone

‘SCISSOR – PAPER – STONE’ is a series of marbled paper and wood sculptures dealing with memory and time refering to Hegel’s notion of the ‘art of memory’, a radical historicity in which all solid forms, social structures and principles are conveived as results of a contingent historical process. He describes these forms as an inwardizing of all the shapes of spirit, moving in a slow succession and filling up the void of the self. This body of work was realised after a visit to Rome, and visiting the architectural ruins of the past. Yan is interested in the relocating of real memory in archaic societies, where the absence of matter plays as much a role in our imaginations as the presence of matter. This is also an Eastern form of representation, where the space left unrepresented is a way for the viewer to formulate  their own narratives in their mind. He likens the experience of walking through the shells of ancient civilisation to how one walks around in ones memory, as it embodies a broken continuity between memories and its signs.

  • Title : Scissor - Paper - Stone
    #1 & #2
    Medium: Hand marbled paper, wood and acrylic paint

  • Title : Scissor - Paper - Stone
    #3 & #4
    Medium: Hand marbled paper, wood and acrylic paint

  • Title : Scissor - Paper - Stone
    #5 & #6
    Medium: Hand marbled paper, wood and acrylic paint