Interview: Yan Yan | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Yan Yan

Interviews | March 21, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Yan Yan

Interview: Yan Yan
Luca Curci talks with Yan Yan during the 6th Edition of ROME INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at Medina Art Gallery.

Yan Yan is an accomplished interdisciplinary designer whose work centres on critiquing and interpreting the social landscape through the creation of artefacts and narratives that incorporate critical thinking. For Yan, design is a tool for exploring the truth about the world and the internal universe. Her approach involves pushing experimental boundaries and imagining fictional scenarios that speak to contemporary social behaviour. Yan’s works encourage viewers to reflect on their own experiences through a systematic and hypothetical lens. She earned her MFA in design from the California College of the Arts and is currently a Product Designer at Captiv8. Her projects have garnered several accolades, including the Gold Award from the Indigo Design Competition, the Silver Award from the Novum Design Competition, and the A’ Design Award. Her works have been displayed in exhibitions around the globe, including at the London Artill Gallery and the Rome International Art Fair, etc.

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Image courtesy of Yan Yan

Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Yan Yan – I currently work as a product designer in Captiv8. I am responsible for Improving the user experience of the Captiv8 web app, including building user flow mapping, wireframing and prototyping. I worked closely with product managers, product designers, and front-end developers to deliver delightful experiences for Captiv8 users.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
YY –
As an industrial designer, my way of thinking has been heavily influenced by the user-centred nature of this field. However, I have always been fascinated by the world of fine arts, and I strive to approach it with a design perspective. This has led me to explore the boundaries between design and art and to question how they should be defined. My curiosity about this tension between the two disciplines has motivated me to create works that blur the distinction between users and designers, emphasizing self-expression over utility. In this exhibition, I use design tools to create pieces that could be interpreted as either design works or pure artworks, and I hope to spark a conversation about the nature of these distinctions.

LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up?
YY –
#Resilient #Introspection #Insightful

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
YY –
As a designer, my inspiration stems from observing and understanding social behaviour and human connections. I find it fascinating to explore the ways in which people interact with each other and their environments, and how these interactions shape our experiences. My goal is to use design as a tool to question these values and challenge conventional thinking. By creating artefacts and narratives that encourage people to look at the world in a new way, I aim to create engaging experiences that provoke thought and encourage individuals to reexamine their perceptions of the world.

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Image courtesy of Yan Yan

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
YY –
As an artist and designer, I often find myself torn between two seemingly conflicting goals: creating functional, innovative solutions that can improve people’s lives, and exploring the realm of fine arts to express my personal creativity and emotions. While both of these pursuits are challenging in their own right, I find that the most difficult part of my artwork is finding a way to balance these two seemingly disparate goals. It’s a delicate balance and one that requires a lot of thought, experimentation, and risk-taking to get right. But ultimately, I believe that by pushing the boundaries of design and fine arts, I can create work that not only satisfies my own creative urges but also makes a real impact on the world around me.

LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
YY –
The art piece that I have created is directly inspired by my project Anonymousociety. Through my art, I sought to raise questions about how we interact with one another when we are stripped of our individual identities. The piece uses similar visual elements and motifs to those found in Anonymousociety, such as the use of eyes and the depiction of faceless figures. By building upon the concepts and ideas that I first explored in this project, I hope to deepen my understanding of this complex and fascinating subject and create a work of art that is both thought-provoking and visually compelling.

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Image courtesy of Yan Yan

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
YY –
I understand that the theme of the exhibition, which focuses on the relationship between the human body and the built environment, is a timely and important one. Our physical surroundings have a profound impact on our experience of the world, shaping our perceptions, emotions, and interactions with others. By drawing attention to these issues, the exhibition invites us to think critically about the spaces we inhabit and to imagine new possibilities for the design of cities and public spaces. Ultimately, the goal of the exhibition is to inspire artists and viewers alike to engage with these pressing issues and to use art as a means of exploring and examining the hybridization of identities that is becoming increasingly prevalent in modern society

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
YY –
Definitely. I had an excellent experience working with ITSLIQUID GROUP, and I am excited to share that my work will be exhibited in the upcoming exhibition. I invite everyone to join me in anticipating the showcase of my work.

LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
YY –
Everything was great.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
YY –
ITSLIQUID GROUP is a fantastic platform that serves as a connector between artists and various art institutions such as galleries, museums, and foundations. As an organization, ITSLIQUID GROUP is committed to promoting contemporary art and creating opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their work to a wider audience. The organization’s dedication to fostering artistic exchange and collaboration makes it an invaluable resource for artists seeking to expand their reach and make meaningful connections within the art world.

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Image courtesy of Yan Yan

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