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What is your way to face reality?
2018, Lithography 19’’x 24’’
Limited edition:Two versions
Each version of 10 is available.
Shuyang Zhou’s lithograph series depict small humans trapped in vitrines, as if unwilling participants in a giant’s cosmic experiment. Zhou creates vivid windows into imagined psychological dimensions through realism; which reflect the human condition. This series freezes a moment of tension, it feels as though the climax of the story stopped short at its peak- leaving the viewer to complete the narrative, or to exist inside the moment the figures are encapsulated in.
Lithography is a labor intensive process that involves wax crayon, chemicals, and a reversed final image on a rock that is ground down to a flat surface. The reversal of image could imply an altered psychological state, or perhaps it is an invitation to step through the looking glass; like Alice steps into another dimension. The process of lithography poetically echoes the subject matter of this body of work; resisting chemicals, contained in a rectangular area polished and coerced to submit to the artist's wishes. Just as the figures are trapped, nude and under control of a larger entity.
Shuyang was born in Beijing in 1995, and is currently based in New York City where she received Brooklyn College an MFA in Fine Arts in 2022. She obtained a BFA in painting and printmaking from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2019, receiving a SCAD Achievement and Academic Honors Scholarship. She has participated in group exhibitions in Savannah, Atlanta, and New York City, in addition to solo shows in Savannah and New York City. She received a Dedalus Scholarship nomination in 2022 and her works and artistic achievements have been published on Create! Magazine and BOOOOOOOM.
Detail of "Whats holding you back?"
Detail image of:
What is holding you back?
2018, Lithography 23.5’’x 36’’
Limited edition: 18 available.
Here you can see the final part of the painstaking process behind Lithography, by Shuyang Zhou herself.
Gum Arabic is used with varied amounts of tannic and phosphoric acid to etch a lithographic image into a plate or stone. Gum arabic can be used to protect the sensitized litho plate or stone from grease formation. when buffed inti the surface of litho image gum arabic preserves the image for future printing.
Rosin is a yellow powder with acid resistant properties which serves to dry the drawing material and resist slightly the corrosive effect of the etch on lighter grease deposits.
It enhances the texture and details of the final image.
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