Interview: Yiming Si
Luca Curci talks with Yiming Si during VISIONS, third appointment of CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, held in London, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
“I took photos intuitively and investigated them afterwards, categorizing and sequencing, color grading and printing. I look intensively into the casual objects and intentionally want to achieve the consciously casual and try to turn those trifles into the container of my sentiments. The muted tones of color which are considered the essentials of my photography that embody the coherency of tenderness in Pinklemonade. The consistency of mediums in my projects could be found in rice paper printed with my poem, Polaroid and wax as I treasure their vulnerability and perishableness. The intangible materials solidify my sentiments while retaining the transparency and delicateness in them.”
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Yiming Si – Art, for me, is what gives life meaning. Creating art is a lifelong practice that serves as a reminder to prioritize living and making the most of my time. Whenever I feel confused, hesitant, or lost in this complex world, I pause and turn to photography to explore the details I may have missed. It rejuvenates me and serves as a form of meditation, allowing me to slow down and find solace in the midst of life’s noise and chaos. Art, to me, is a profound and therapeutic experience.
LC – What are you currently working on?
YS – I am currently working on several short films as a Director of Photography and colorist, in addition to my personal projects in fine art photography. The work in filmmaking provides me with the funds I need to continue creating art.
LC – In your opinion what role does an artist play in society and contemporary art?
YS – In my opinion, artists play a crucial role in society and contemporary art. When we observe artworks, we are essentially peering into the artist’s life. As E.H. Gombrich once stated, ‘There is no such thing as art. There are only artists.’ Artists push boundaries, transcend mere craftsmanship, advocate for social causes, and reveal their deepest emotions through their work. They are the pioneers who enrich our lives with their creativity.
LC – What is your creative process like?
YS – My creative process typically begins with an intuitive approach, using film cameras to capture images. I then develop the films, create contact sheets, and perform high-quality scans. I draw inspiration from books, jot down my thoughts, explore the stories and photographs of others, and pay attention to the details of everyday life. I channel my emotions into my work, capturing those fleeting moments and preserving them through time-based performances. I bring these moments to life using color films and inkjet printing techniques.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How does it inspire you?
YS – I believe that this festival offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase my work to the art community in London and gain international exposure. Moreover, it serves as a motivating factor for me to engage in more artistic endeavours. Witnessing the passion of a group of individuals who share the same artistic goals has been truly inspiring and has pushed me to strive for continuous improvement as an artist.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
YS – The artwork ‘PinkLemonade’ is all about the gentle flow of tenderness. It’s a depiction of how intangible light interacts with our domestic space, creating a poetic narrative of intimacy where even the most mundane objects become a canvas for the sun to inscribe its emotions. This liquid and ethereal light symbolizes our unique perception of the world, and only we can determine the world we choose to see. ‘PinkLemonade’ reflects my own perspective on the world when I was seeking intimacy and experiencing those soft, delicate feelings.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
YS – Definitely. ITSLIQUID GROUP provides a valuable opportunity for artists seeking a community and increased chances to showcase their work.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
YS – I would certainly recommend collaborating with ITSLIQUID GROUP and encouraging my friends to explore their open calls. It has been an absolutely amazing experience to exhibit my work in London and connect with ITSLIQUID GROUP. I look forward to exploring future opportunities and fostering more collaborations.