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Animality and Queer as the code of practice in a Minor Painting

This practice-led research aims to account for a minor painting practices which as a complex rhizomatic structure; a constant movement of 'becoming'. This will build on concerns for ‘becoming minor', through a restorative investment in animality and a queer use of time and even space, focusing on the endless metaphorical and representational violence against creatures in normative social structures, refuting the value hegemonic cultures place on normative time. In this field of conflicting, converging and generative forces and of pure intensities, the endless metaphors and representations of culture are decoded, metamorphosed, and, encountering personal narratives from minority groups, reassembled into paths of escape from the major language. My references span from legendary beasts, to time travel in scientific fiction; in pursuit of revolutionary conditions only possible through ‘becoming-animal’, testing the viability of queer as an alternative method. My intention is not to produce an unprecedented form of painting, but to examine the ability and condition of the genuine becoming-minor of painting.

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Yajie Liang (b. 1995, Henan) is a Chinese artist living in London.

MA Painting, Royal College of Art, 2020

BA Chinese Painting, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, 2018

Workshop co-creator and co-facilitator, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China, 2020

Artist Talk, Royal College of Art, UK, 2020

Artist Talk, University of Gloucestershire, UK, 2019

Silent and soft, it moistens everything-New interpretation of Art and Heritage, Ou Yuan, Suzhou, China, 2021

All River Flow into the Sea-The International Young Artist Growth Plan, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Sichuan, China, 2020

50/50, Fold Gallery, London, 2020

Beacon, Josh Lilley's Gallery, London, 2020

Final, not Over, Unit 1 Gallery, London, 2020

RCA2020, Royal College of Art, Online, 2020

The Circular Ruins, Hockney Gallery, London, 2020

Oh, Dear, Safe House, London, 2019

Plastic Tongue, White House Gallery, London, 2019

Lay with me, Dyson Gallery, London, 2019