Everyone has anxieties and fears, and Yiyi Tang created an installation drawing on imagery of mythical worlds and her reflections on fairy tales from eastern and western cultures to reproduce that moment.She comes from China. Her art is about her nightmare in the very first few days when she came to US. In a period she often awakened but unable to move. She feels her soul has run out of her body in her sleep. It floats to the top of her room and looks at her body laying in the bed. She is unable to distinguish which part is real and which is not. She sees three of herself. Which one is really her? The other figures and the eyes are watching. She is confused and scared. This moment reflects her real life. She has moved to a new place and feels displaced, sad and unease, but is not as sad as people think. This is her story or is it a dream?
She wish to reproduce this feeling and story of her. As for her, this is the first time in her life, that huge changes take place in terms of environment, emotion and personal character. By reviewing the past, she might be able to pass her feelings at those times to other people, so that people with similar experience could find things in common from her story. And people with entirely different backgrounds could get to know “her” better, or get to know this community that she represent. She inquired many Chinese friends of her, not only those studying abroad in America, but also those in U.K., Italy, France, etc., or those friends married to husbands from other countries, and those working in other countries. They share the same feeling with her more or less. She believe many people travelling or living overseas would be able to share this feeling with her when they perceive the awkwardness, helplessness and absurdness carried in her work. Even though my audience mainly comes from western countries, despite the western education they receive, she think the elements she choose still create the feeling of contradiction and dilemma, so as to bring them into my scenario