freshwater pearl, filament, aluminum
Developed from her ground-breaking 2014 piece Cloud Cell, Xiaojing Yan’s Spirit Cloud owes its ethereal form to the shape of lingzhi mushrooms, smoke and clouds – all of which are linked by the tension between ephemerality and permanence. Traditional interpretations of clouds as symbols of good fortune are echoed by the lingzhi mushroom’s association with longevity, as an ingredient in a legendary elixir of immortality. The form in Spirit Cloud is held in suspension between 2 monolithic rectangular prisms, echoing the theme of transient phenomena, hovering between one entity, reality or universe and another.
Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid