Noah Hanyue Qin
Noah Hanyue Qin is a multidisciplinary artist, currently learning and practicing in Toronto, Canada. From an early age, Qin learned drawing and Chinese ink, and encountered theatre and acrobatics, which has provided the base for her multimedia aesthetic. Qin works in sculpture, painting, drawing and video production. As a Chinese international student, feminist and member of the LGBTQ+ community, she is interested in creating emotional experiences by altering different popular culture tropes. Her practice explores subjects of self (cultural)-identification, gender, mental health and sexuality.
Imprisoned speaks about the absence of social connections and the presence of loneliness during this time. The mixed media sculptural work consists of 25 drawings, of objects that Qin has become intensely familiar with in her daily life as a result of quarantine. Each has a light timestamp on the page, marking the passage of time. The drawings are assembled together to create bars that surround the artist in a corner of her apartment. Made only of newsprint, Qin could easily break out of the fragile structure in which she is imprisoned, but she still feels trapped inside.