Xiaoyao Yao: On My Way

Black and white print of a car parked next to a store while it is dark and rainy.

Prada Store, Marfa (2021), Etching and Aquatint on Paper, 4" x 6".

"My work pursues a storytelling approach based on my personal experience. They are images of intimate spaces, fleeting moments with places of passage, of maintenance, rather than destinations. Light is shined on the often ignored. Viewers are confronted with these familiar, echoing moments, and yet the moments are so ordinary and intimate that one can feel embarrassed and toe-curling to talk about. My attitude towards these works is to set up a conversational ploy that makes you curious and exploratory towards these mundane subjects."

On My Way is the thesis exhibition for Xiaoyao Yao (M.F.A. '21).

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum is available to Cornell students, faculty, and staff authorized to be on campus per Cornell's current campus policy. If possible, please call to make an appointment to view the exhibition at (607) 255-6464, and use the side entrance (Gussman Wing) to enter the museum; the main entrance (Appel Lobby) is closed due to construction.

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