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Show RCA 2019

Ashley Yuqi Zhang

Show RCA work

Major project:

Spitting In Time

Put a chocolate in your mouth and let it be until the moment you feel it is about to disappear –spit it out.

By performing the act of spitting melted chocolate, it is questioning how form and meaning of an object changes in time and space. The behaviour of putting something in the mouth then spitting it out again explores the notion of  ‘dirt as matter out of place’. The transition of an object from one place to another can change its meaning, which also changes with our state of knowledge and perception. 

When the chocolate is in the mouth, it allows someone to experience the change of time physically, and sculpting a form invisibly. There is no right or wrong time to spit, everything is just in time. The measurement is a choice based on the ontological experience for individuals. When the chocolate has been spat out, they become unexpected uncanny forms, without its original purpose and definition.


  • Ashley Yuqi Zhang's works are driven by embodied experiences, self realisations and perceptions. Working with sculpture, moving image, installation and performance, she creates multimedia works by engaging closely with ordinary materials, everyday situations and human behaviours. 

    She is interested in confounding the expected perceptions of the world. The adjustments of objects and behaviours in her works often use absurdity and plays with people’s anticipation; provoking curiosity about what we see and what we know. By bringing multi-sensory and natural phenomenon in her works, she addresses the element of time, reflects the beauty of change, and questions the meaning of 'now'. This sense of temporality indicates that every second is unique and makes you conscious of your own existence.

Royal College of Art