By the Lens: John Yuyi

By The Lens spotlights rising and established photographers from around the globe. The continued sequence is devoted to providing distinctive insights in various areas of photographic experience together with portrait, panorama, nice artwork, vogue, documentary and extra.

Chiang Yu-yi, higher identified by her skilled persona John Yuyi, embodies the spirit of the post-Web era, the place her creative pursuits are deeply influenced by this period. Earlier than establishing herself as an artist and photographer, Yuyi captivated digital audiences as a vogue influencer, showcasing her distinctive fashion on social media. Nonetheless, it was her quest for a recent artistic outlet that really reworked her path. Throughout her travels between Taiwan and New York in 2015, Yuyi sought a extra everlasting presence within the latter metropolis, main her to promote short-term tattoos on-line as a way to fund her artist visa utility. Beginning together with her personal illustrations and later incorporating pictures from her swimwear assortment, Yuyi’s tattoo designs developed into conceptual expressions, that includes symbols of the social media panorama. Her tattoos and accompanying photos gained widespread acclaim, establishing her as a outstanding determine within the artwork world.

Yuyi’s creative exploration extends to the human physique, contemplating it each as a canvas for expression and a topic of inquiry. Her short-term tattoos have undergone numerous intriguing iterations, together with unconventional placements on uncooked meat cuts and the incorporation of courting app profiles on human pores and skin, revealing the masks we put on to current ourselves. Journal commissions have performed a big position in shaping her initiatives, together with her photos transferred onto on a regular basis objects like lipsticks, cigarettes, and knives, highlighting the commodification of the human kind.

“I imagine every thing we see shapes and influences our personalities.”

Client tradition has remained a recurring theme in Yuyi’s profession, from her early tattoo-selling enterprise to the array of merchandise adorned together with her imaginative paintings in her on-line retailer. Identified for his or her accessibility and playful nature, her creations exude a vibrant ethos. Notably, her motion determine, impressed by her amusing mission in airplane bathrooms, showcases her wit and talent to evoke amusement.”I usually select objects from on a regular basis life that individuals can relate to, similar to gadgets you’d discover in a greenback retailer or ones generally utilized by common people. Consumerism and commercialism play a job in my work as a result of I imagine every thing we see shapes and influences our personalities. Commercials and influencers affect us, and I goal to discover these influences and their results by means of my artwork,” stated Yuyi to Hypeart

In a notable collaboration, Yuyi partnered with THE SKATEROOM to create skateboard artwork editions, influenced by image-based aesthetics and the technological landscapes of the digital period, reflecting the profound affect of those forces on human connections and the common eager for belonging.

For our newest By the Lens characteristic, we synced with Yuyi over a late night time FaceTime chat to debate her private worldview, her pictures observe that challenges societal norms, and her ongoing creative journey as she explores new horizons.