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Yesiyu Zhao is currently at SVA (School of Visual Arts). He always askes himself "what is the world that we live in? Wars, terrorists, discrimination, refugee crisis... With all the craziness happening, the idea of home become questionable. Where is home? Unlike the people fled from Syria, I am home, but not really. I spent half of my life crossing continents to seek a sense of belonging. Then, I realized that everyone feels off sometimes. One is not just one. Between 0 and 1, there are infinitive amount of numbers, and I am trying to understand this “1”. I do not have to compromise any part of me to feel confident. Every single piece of the puzzles about this person is me. I am Chinese; I am Asian; I am British; I am American; I am a son; I am an artist; I am so many things. I will fight for every part of me because being categorized is giving into submission. Through the media of art, I want to make the voices of culture refugees heard and to tell people that it is ok to be a bastard among cultures. There is no shame and no regret to living."

By using collage and layers as a working metaphor for multiplicity and diversity, Yesiyu dissects figures and reinvent them into hybrid monsters that are inspired from both Chinese mythology and Western modern daily living. On the other hand, by cooperating light boxes with double-side paintings, he captures utopian coexistence of distinct characteristics through brush strokes and transparency that embodies accents of both Western abstract expressionist, Chinese watercolor paintings and calligraphy.  A heterogeneous mixture starts to happen, not uniform yet perfectly fine. He is not home but proudly residing here. In a world that is so globalized, borders of cultures start to blur and individuals start to become more complexed. Ultimately, by portraying a few characters as reflecting examples, the artist wants to explore fine lines of tension between globalization and singularity in those who feel abandoned or lost.

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