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Swiss Icon

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The audience as part of the artwork - Reading Images

 

Everyone can build one's own relationship with art when interacting with an artwork. Through the action of identifying and interpreting the artwork, the audience becomes an integral part of the work: images, languages, meanings, pronunciation - this series invites people to watch, read, experience, question and explore the relationship between different cultures.

A few years ago, I started the "Swiss Icon" series which has become a major project for me. My inspiration came from all those interesting "Aha-moments' I experienced and on my journey of unravelling the new culture I lived in. My daily life and discussions with my family and my friends about the difference of languages, the understanding and misunderstanding of images and symbols and their meaning in different cultures provided me with ever new ideas and subject matter for the series.

At the beginning, I chose typical Swiss products, which fascinated me when I first came to Switzerland, and researched about how their names were written and pronounced in my native language. During this learning process, I gradually developed my way of visually expressing the connection between a culturally representative item and its linguistic interpretation in another culture. The style and composition was inspired by teaching my kids Chinese, especially the common game we usually played during our childhood: 看图说话 ( Reading the Image Card). As typical for Chinese language training, Chinese characters are written in a classic 4 red square per character grid, followed by the transcription in Pin Yin (a system of Romanization for Chinese), the images and German / English name are placed in a juxtaposed position which creates an interesting interaction.

 

 

It will be an ongoing project for me, and here I would like to invite you to write down your own "Swiss Icon" and email to me to info@xuying.ch

 

Swiss Alphorn, 2014, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm SOLD

Swiss Wooden Cow, 2013, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm SOLD

Appenzeller Bier, 2015, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm SOLD

Falken Bier, 2016, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm SOLD

Appenzeller Käse, 2015, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Grittbänz, 2016, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm SOLD

Butterzopf, 2014, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Mohrenbrunnen, 2013, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm Sammlung Museum Allerheiligen Schaffhausen

Munot, 2013, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm Sammlung Museum Allerheiligen Schaffhausen

Rhine Falls, 2013, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm Sammlung Museum Allerheiligen Schaffhausen

Zytglogge Turm Bern, 2017, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Fraumünster Zürich, 2016, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Grossmünster Zürich, 2016, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

St. Peter Zürich, 2016, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Swiss Fondue, 2016, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Bernhardiner, 2017, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Tiger-Finkli, 2017, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm SOLD

Swiss Jodel, 2017, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Blechspielzeug-Elster, 2015, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Blechspielzeug-Henne, 2015, Acryl auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Appenzeller Haube, 2017, Guache auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

Berner Haube, 2017, Guache auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

St. Galler Haube, 2017, Guache auf Papier, 30 x 40cm

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