BA Sculpture, Camberwell College of Arts 2020
The laughing Buddha appears as a metaphor of contentment and abundance, universally recognised by both the Eastern and Western worlds. Inspired by the duality in gender and the divinity of the Buddha body Yifan has taken this culturally symbolic image and laden it with a dozen breasts, causing the viewer to question their ability to locate the core of a single culture in this globally recognised figure.
By enhancing the femininity of the Buddha in a humorous way Yifan hopes to address the cultural appropriation of religious symbols of the far east, and prompt her viewers to question the products of the colonialised mixing pot.
Awards and residencies:
'CORE member' (artist in residence), SPUR virtual residency. Chaos Magic, Nottingham, UK 2020-21; Shortlisted artist, 'Social Art Award 2020'. Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. Berlin, Germany, 2019; 'Arts and Interaction' (minor degree). Erasmus exchange at Avans University of Applied Sciences, Breda, the Netherlands, 2018; GAMMA Young Artists Competition, 2018
"I fancy the casualty and imperfection plaster brings to this “perfected” body."