Family Scribes by Wang Yi
In ancient Chinese society, inscription rubbing was a symbol of the elites’ culture and history standing because through such a reproduction method, the inscription and patterns on bronze vessels and brick reliefs can be accurately replicated, widely broadcast and closely studied by literati, scholars and officials for their spiritual pleasure. By using the method to replicate the body image of his family members, the artist removes the specific ownership of the elite class and encourages a re-contemplation of the value and definition of humanity, the clan and interpersonal relationships in general. By stacking the prints collectively as columns that far exceed normal human height; the artist infuses a sense of monumentality to the honest expression of the body print, creating a sense of reverence of the human form.The Talking Hair series is derived from the Body Inscription series. In this case, human hair becomes the subject of Wang Yi’s inscription, as he strives to express the poetic quality of the human body.
Translated by Tim Zheng