Yi Hsuan Lai (b. 1988) is a visual artist from Taiwan currently working in New York. She received an MFA in Visual Communication Design from National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan, and a BFA in English from Shih Hsin University in Taipei. Her graphic design and live theater documentation background led her to develop an artistic process that combines performance, staged self-portraiture, installation, and sculpture-based photography. Lai’s practice speaks to the physical and psychological experiences that reflect the complexity of self-identity and otherness. She experiments with the representation of sensations through physical materials to capture an imagined world.
Hand in Hand (2020)
4.5 x 7 x 4.5 in
Hand in Hand is a participatory sculpture meant to be held with audience members’ fingers intertwined with its “fingers.” The work is from Yi Hsuan Lai’s Corporeal Signal (2020) project, which combines fictional representations of flesh among human bodies to create uncanny configurations. The prosthetic sculptures, created with Sculpey clay, are formed to fit and alter certain crevices and angles of the human body. Defying the rigor of the loop, Hand in Hand reflects on the possibility of extending our empathy and desire to an “outside” by merging subject and object, self and Other. The work, evoking both vulnerabilities and intimacies, renders the fantasies of spontaneous growth and imaginations of alien futures tangible—accessible through touch.