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Yixuan Shao ︎

余树, Residue

(flour, water and fire, on paper, 2020) asks how traces of our daily actions and humanly consumption accumulate and rise to form recognizable impact.

For months I have been scraping flour off of kitchen counters of my grandma’s house and my NY apartment. I fire these paintings in my oven. As the paper crumbles and hardens, the flour paste darkens and rises, forming visible and tactitle  shapes. I take the paintings out of the oven quickly and use my hand to shape the paper when it is still hot. This process is repeated to have layers of textures, and to keep the paper in its shape.