Ling-zhi


Ling-Zhi


Medium: cast bronze
Dimension: dimensions variable
2014
Lingzhi is a wall installation inspired by the Lingzhi mushroom. In a Chinese legend, children seek out this magical mushroom for their loved ones, as it promises eternal life to those who ingests it. Separated from her own family, Yan offers a poignant reminder of the loss felt by immigrants living apart from their loved ones. The sculptures feature deep grooves in the face of each mushroom, the form of which harkens to water ripples or the growth rings of trees. These indelible marks show the passage of time, a fossilization of experience.