Browsing Archive: July, 2010

Man-Made Products’ Ecosystem

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Thursday, July 22, 2010, In : formal articals 

The natural world exists as a perfect cycle because there is no beginning or ending.  For example, if a deer dies, it may be the “end” of the deer’s life, but it is also the “beginning” of something new — like new plant life.  Nothing is wasted in the natural world because everything “old” is renewed in some way.  However, the human world is not a complete cycle, because “old” items are merely discarded back into the natural world as excess waste, and thus, damage the natu...


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I Hate Airplane

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Artist's Statement 

I don't like sitting in an airplane.  

That imprisoned feeling reminds me of the sprawling hair scenes in a Japanese thriller - I can never run away from entangling hair. 

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Star Doll

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Artist's Statement 

   The purpose of “Star Doll” is to embody the charisma and attractiveness of poplar stars such as singers, actors, athletes, and so forth, as plastic dolls on a 1 to 4 scale. Each doll’s dimension will be precisely four times smaller than the dimensions of the real-life person it represents.

The dolls are a cutting-edge combination of sculpture and toy doll, allowing their owners to customize the star’s appearance on an exquisite aesthetic level.  Additionally, They are highly accurat...
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Safe Zone

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Artist's Statement 

  When I became drenched and tattered in a tempest, my umbrella became useless. I felt I was so small and powerless in such a drenching downpour. I wished my umbrella could extend longer and longer till it reached my feet, and my shoes could rise higher and higher till I jumped out of the water. Thus, I would be in a safe zone.

I regard the area under the umbrella as my protection range. I never think of myself as a powerful person who has the ability to protect everything, but I do want to pa...
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I Saw

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Artist's Statement 
Each person has different perspectives of the same view. When I was wandering around the campus, I was attracted by the bright yellow and orange colors of tulips, the streamline of a flower bud, the illuminated bloom of a tree with translucent flowers, and so forth. I photographed them and then abstracted the most impressive parts of the views on the computer. Although my abstractions of the tulips cannot be seen in the real world, they always exist vividly in my mind.

--by Yuanyuan Li--May 2008

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Ladybugs footprint

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Artist's Statement 
This piece was made for my parents who lived in my living room for several months when they visited the US. One morning in fall, we were surprised that the entire house was enveloped in millions of ladybugs. Since then, the room was always filled with ladybugs that formed groups around ceiling lights and corners. The result was, my parents became the ladybugs carriers who often left one or two ladybugs wherever they passed. Thus, when I see a ladybug somewhere, I feel that my parents were the...

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A world traveler

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Artist's Statement 
Breaking Geofraphic & Time Conventions: 
the idiosyncratic space of a world traveler

    All human beings have been set up in the same outside system with its rules, which everyone should follow as common knowledge. While from my perspective, each person has his or her own internal comprehensive system. My project breaks geographic and time conventions by a new definition of one day, one month, one year, time zones and locations.  
  In the work, one may see that a day starts at the middle point...

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Rock Blanket

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Artist's Statement 
Traditional Chinese philosophy believes that the human world shares the same law with the universe. So I am always interested in looking for the relationship between the rule of the nature and humans and in comparing the features of the natural elements and human beings together. 
When I saw a big mountain and the scattered crushed rocks, I was wondering what the difference between them is; what happened to the scattered rocks that had the same quality with the rocks on the top of the mountain...

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Birthday Shape

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Artist's Statement 

Many people are interested in astrology – “the study of the movements of the planets, the sun, the moon, and the stars with a belief that these movements can have an influence on people's lives”. Since the theory lacks scientific proof, people generally consider it as somewhat superstitious. However, traditional Chinese philosophy explains it in the way that people receive specific rays of light from the universe during a specific period and these different rays influence people’s cha...
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Rootless Plum Tree

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Saturday, July 10, 2010, In : Artist's Statement 
Translation of poem:
The Plum Blossom
I thought I saw snow on this cold wintry day.
Flowers of White glowing against the dark wall.
Not until the scent of blossom reached me, did I know the Plum thrived one season more.

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In traditional Chinese culture, the plum tree symbolizes resolve, longevity and optimism because it blossoms only after a snow fall on  cold winter days while other flowers wither.  When I was in China, I saw plum flowers very often, thus I neglected to re...
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Artist's Statement

Posted by Yuanyuan Li on Saturday, July 10, 2010,

Crochet sculptures play a main role in Yuanyuan Li’s work. They visualize the methods that Yuanyuan Li observes and understands in the environment and society she lives in and the people she connects with. The shapes of her crochet-sculptures are usually based on updating data, which comes from her personal experience, social community and daily life. As a result, growing becomes one of the most important and specific characteristics of Yuanyuan’s crochet pieces because of updating data. ...


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