Yuri Yuan

Region: MFA Annual

Website: http://www.yuriyuan.com

City / State: JERSEY CITY, NJ

 I am a storyteller who uses the language of painting. I paint surrealist scenes featuring ambiguous, physically impossible figure/landscape relationships to explore existentialist themes of longing and loss. Through visual symbolism, metaphors, and magical realism, I investigate the ways in which exterior landscapes become projections of both the viewer’s and my own psychological states. My latest work combines personal and art historical allegories with enigmatic narratives to create fragmented and uncanny dreamscapes. Using imagination, I delve further into the psyche, highlighting the absurdity between sleeping and waking, living and dying.