Yangxin Luo, (b.1998, Taiyuan, China) currently lives and works in Glasgow. She is currently studying Fine Art Practice for a master’s degree at Glasgow School of Art. Previously graduated from the Communication University of Zhejiang, in Fine Art photography. Yangxin makes photography that is usually concerned about the individual fate and social reality, life, memory, symbolic expression, and other related topics. Photography is a personal experience for her to witness, full of random, delicate, and ambiguous emotions. Her practices contain various media, including photography, sculpture, and audio work. She is also interested in making art publications, her photo book has been exhibited in Three Shadows Photography Art Centre; JIazazhi Art Book Festival; Wuhan Art Book Festival; etc. Yangxin was nominated for the 1839 Photography Award and the National Photography Art Exhibition.
*This artist sponsored by China Scholarship Council (CSC).
Does only death last forever?
This work starts with an adventure near a shore. I found a little stone with a spiral pattern that looks like a fossil. I picked it up and examined it, then leave it where it was. Since then that little stone has been a puzzle in my mind, haunting me, and I start to regret I didn’t keep it. When you find a fossil in the wild, you may be the very first one to see it in millions of years, as if you were looking at it across time and space. I return to that beach, again and again, try to find that stone, but it never appeared in my eyes again.
I always doubt a lot of things. Doubt whether they are true, whether they exist. We don’t know if it is true, we can only speculate the truth through lots of details. The fossils are silently whispering. They lie down between mountain, ocean, and rock. Everything in the universe is continually changing, but the fossil just silently lies there. All of this leads us to the question —does only death last forever?
Back to the ocean, which means back to where life comes from, the original point of everything. This work explores fossils in different scenes, tries to find and understand those mysterious and sublime presences, and also tries to rethink death in this progress.
This work is concerned with the relationship between man-made light and human living conditions. The light at night is a trace of human existence. There is a light, then there is a human. The artificial light is human’s interference and transformation of night. When night falls, I toss and turn in bed, observing the scenery outside the window. One and another light on and off, but I still awake through a long and bleak night. Between chaos and soberness, I saw the city starring tiny lights, glowing from the windows. Also heard all the light tiny sounds in the night. This work tries to build multiple realities of the night scenes. It is more like a physical landscape of night, including photography, sculpture, and soundscape.