Cambridge School of Art

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Yan Kan
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My work explores the concept of haptic visuality – the sense of physical touch through looking. Material presence is integral to my practice as textures can give off a sense of embodiment of a feeling without the use of a subject. As I am interested in surface textures and how they respond in relation to each other, I often use semi-industrial materials that have been discarded and weathered. I then combine them with a contrasting texture, creating small-scale minimalistic sculptures that emphasise the fragile nature of discarded materials. Since haptic visuality evokes the senses through memories, it induces a level of immersion. My current work is about the use of colour to mask small details in my sculptures that are not immediately obvious and reveal them with the subtle use of light. As well as, the arrangement of these coloured and neutral sculptures in a way that heightens a sensory relationship.

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