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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Ying Xue

Show RCA work

  • Pair

    Pair, 2019
    22 x 10 | Photographer: Ao Jing

  • self-hurting tool

    self-hurting tool, 2018
    performative sculpture
    Photographer: Ao Jing

Major project:

tender compulsions

For me, the stories between parental authority and children, although extremely personal, also enable the experience of a possible universal. What I was looking to achieve in this work is to convey such a sensation, and at a certain moment, reach an attunement with the viewer. A piece is personal and perceptive, but at the same time cannot be closed or self-centred. Instead, it communicates, it allows others to enter and leave at any point.

The intensity of Francis Bacon’s works moves me deeply. His suffering communicates itself. The definition of beauty is a kind of intimacy of the visual. I feel for Bacon even though his emotions are not mine. Such a balance of sharing, blending and interworking with viewers is what I value. The intention is to express, but the expression is not simply venting, but sharing. The starting point of the proposed object is first itself, and then external expansion, the care and sharing between the artist and the viewer will cure them both, and propel them to move fluidly – and in both directions – along the continuum between intimacy and individuality.


  • School

    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Contemporary Art Practice


    Contemporary Art Practice: Public Sphere Pathway

  • Contact

  • 'Some of us are so obsessed with the past that we die for it.' I begin with this quotation from Louise Bourgeois, as her words speak strongly to me.

    My practice is often motivated by the emotional relationship with my parents and my childhood memories. I am triggered by this link between memories and the present and have the intensive sensation that the past and the present are superimposed on each other and intersect with one another. If memory itself can picture the ‘past’, then childhood and memories, art and life, affection and eroticism, vulnerability and strength, balance and the threat of collapse all interweave in space.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fashion Textile Design, University of Leeds, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Revolve Performance Art Days, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden, 2017
Royal College of Art