Discipline: Painting

Based In: Brooklyn

Website: Crys Yin

I prefer referencing memory over reality. A disregard of scale and perspective is often used as a tool to confuse how things happened and how I remember them. This is the basis of my work – loose reimaginings of experiences mostly dealing with the comedic side of deeply personal (and often tragic or awkward) moments.  

Recalling the themes of my childhood – sexual curiosity, shame, cultural disconnect – have pushed me to explore the reoccurring topics of my adulthood – obsession/compulsion, the archaic definition of female and male roles, and the excitement of excess. These themes are visually depicted in the duplication of body parts and often in androgynous figures. Employing the repetition of eyes, arms, and legs has led me to examining the strangeness of the human body in its entirety.  

Currently, I’m interested in the usage of still life as a way to tell the story of my cultural background – by weaving in objects that are significant to me being both Asian and American. Swapping shadows causes uncertainty and repeating objects further demonstrates the cultural misconnections I experienced growing up.