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Xiao­jing Yan

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Ex­per­i­men­tal, sym­bolic 3D art cre­ated by Xiao­jing Yan in­cor­po­rates a rich his­tory of Chi­nese cul­ture, the artist’s per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences set­tling in Canada, and cur­rent en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues like cli­mate change. A re­cent medium she has been fo­cus­ing on is the lingzhi mush­room - a type of mush­room with a rich cul­tural his­tory and unique prop­er­ties.

She shares what makes this dis­tinc­tive fun­gus so im­por­tant, be­ing rare and with unique prop­er­ties that have long been uti­lized in Chi­nese tra­di­tional medicine. The artist’s lingzhi mush­room sculp­tures are tech­ni­cally ‘alive’. This unique bio-art ex­per­i­ment is in part sculpted by the work­ings of na­ture (as shown in the image be­low). Xiao­jing ex­plains more.

 ?? Photo credit: Toni Hafken­scheid. All rights re­served. ?? Top, right: 3D art dis­play from 2017. © Xi­a­jo­ing Yan. All rights re­served. Di­rectly above: Far from where you di­vined. Cul­ti­vated lingzhi mush­room and wood chips, di­men­sion var­i­ous, 2017
Photo credit: Toni Hafken­scheid. All rights re­served. Top, right: 3D art dis­play from 2017. © Xi­a­jo­ing Yan. All rights re­served. Di­rectly above: Far from where you di­vined. Cul­ti­vated lingzhi mush­room and wood chips, di­men­sion var­i­ous, 2017
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