Yishu Wang ~ China / California

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Artist statement: "In my recent series, I utilize the silkscreen and intaglio techniques to express my experiences of living abroad. I have been exposed to unfamiliar language, culture, and modes of thinking. These situations are difficult but it challenges me to examine my life and artistic production. This exploration has led me to combine the figure and landscape as a way of expressing how place can define an individual. The combination of figure and landscape expresses the emotion of the individual relating to circumstance."
Summer, Go Home
By Yishu Wang
San Francisco: d3i Press, 2016. Edition of 18.

8.5 x 5.5"(20.32 x 12.7 cm) closed; 14 pages. Hand printed on Rives BFK paper. Written, designed, and screen printed by the artist. Double-sided accordion. Cloth-covered boards with circular paper title label on front board. Bilingual text - English and Chinese. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Statement: "Artist Yishu's hand-pulled black and white screen printing artist book Summer, Go Home represents a diversion and a new direction to her largely representational art practice. Summer, Go Home's minimal imagery and the void of colors and tones represents a piece of the artist's memory materialized in words, signs, and the physicality of the book itself.

"This artist book is divided into front and back. The accordion fold allows the viewer two different ways of viewing the book: one presenting viewers purely with imagery and signs, the other purely words. The two sides illustrate and interpret each other in a dialogue that examines the limitation and possibility of each form of expression."


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L'Isle Joyeuse
By Yishu Wang
San Francisco: Yishu Wang, 2014. Edition of 10.

7 x 16.5" closed; 7 pages including back pastedown. Accordion fold. Designed and printed by the artist in at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California. Screenprinted by hand with TW Graphics inks on Rives BFK and Hahnemühle Bugra paper. Bound in blue cloth boards. In matching cloth slipcase. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Colophon: "L’ isle Joyeuse is inspired by the piano piece of the same name by French composer Claude Debussy, which emotionally evokes the atmosphere of my daily surroundings on Treasure Island in San Francisco."

Yishu Wang: "There is an old saying in China: When a person isolates from the mainstream society, they become an island. Isolation enables clear reflection. Here in America, I find myself both figuratively and literally on that island. I live on Treasure Island, an island between San Francisco and Oakland. The island both reflects and inspires my art."


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