Artist Xiaojing Yan is showing Face to Face, an installation of delicate silkscreen paintings, for the first time at Come Up To My Room in Toronto.
Xiaojing Yan with her Face to Face portrait
Each round acrylic "frame" has a painted image on silkscreen on either side. The paintings are derived from photographic portraits of the same person - ten years apart as well as countries apart - on one side taken in China and the other in Canada.
"As an artist migrating from China to North America, both Xiaojing's identity and her work pass through the complex filters of different countries, languages, and cultural expectations. In her art, every idea travels through the intricate passageway of how she thinks in Chinese but speaks in English."