Yang Xin (b. 1987) was born in Hunan province, China. She graduated from the printmaking department of Central Academy of Fine Arts with a bachelor’s degree in 2012. She has been exhibited in Seoul Museum of Art and Gymnasium, Seoul (2016), Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul (2015); Today Art Museum, Beijing (2012); University Buffalo Art Museum, Buffalo (2011), among others. Most recently, she had a solo exhibition at SPACE STATION, Beijing (2016).
Yang Xin has always been interested in observing different life forms, and is curious about their microstructures and inner characteristics. In 2011, she started looking closely at cells, and took up paint brushes and paper in attempt to create portraitures of the organism. At the beginning, she had difficulties transferring the liveliness and energy of the cell onto the chosen media, paper-- paper absorbs water, and its existing pattern interferes in representing the delicate form of the cell. Yang experimented with test tubes, needles, beakers, bottles and straws as her painting tools. Subsequently, she replaced paint brushes with needles, and paper with coverslips. During her creative process, she minimalized the influence of her will, and tried letting gravity and surface tension of the liquid form “natural” patterns on the transparent glass. When commenting on Yang’s works, Yu Li, professor of Life Sciences at Tsinghua University, says they’re the outcomes of “series of reactions between artist will and laws of physics. That’s why every work is a unique rendition of her concept.”