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Print (MA)

Skyler Yixian Liu

Skyler Liu is an artist and printmaker whose works explore identity, memory and trauma. Skyler graduated with a Bachelor of Illustration and Visual Media from London College of Communication (UAL), before undertaking an MA Print at the Royal College of Art. Skyler works through various media, including printmaking, photography, animation, and drawings. Skyler lives and works in London (UK).

(forthcoming) Print Exhibition/ Studio 59/ London

(forthcoming) Double Vision & After The High Tide / Cromwell Place/ London

(forthcoming) Bothy Exhibition/ Southwark Park Gallery/ London

04/2021 Teaching placement at Writtle University College/ UK

04/2021 AAIP Book publication Exhibition/ Bremen/ Germany

12/2020 Dark Yellow Dot artist of the month/ London

11/19 Work In Progress Show/ Royal College of Art/ London

06/19 Degree Show (BA)/ London College of Communication/ London

01/19 Work In Progress Show/ London College of Communication/ London

08/16; 12/17 Teaching Children Art Education/ DAMA Art Studio/ Xuzhou/ Jiangsu/ China

06/16 Degree Show (Foundation)/ Camberwell College of Art/ London




Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

Print (MA)

Words such as “impression” and “imprint” are often used when we attempt to describe the phenomenon of memory. Plato once conceptualised memory as a print made upon the soul and prints and photographs are often thought to etch-in and store information. But photographs may be unreliable, and memories can be lost, repressed, and distorted. My works focus on the notions of unconscious trauma, memory and forgetting. I often work with imagery that emerges in my dreams, and that might represents repressed emotions that I have long felt. I often recover these dream memories in fragments, and use processes of abrasion and dissolution through lithography, to imply loss and disruption. The emotional residue or echo of my dreams becomes the connection between me and my works; they are also the documentation of my psychological healing process. Essentially, it is a journey of self-understanding, acceptance, and forgiveness.



The Silent Minute

How long is a minute? What can you do in a minute? What can you feel in a minute? If you have a story to tell, how long would you need? This is me, sitting in front of the camera for a minute, talking to you in silence.

Medium:

Documentation Video

Size:

00:01:36
Into the Abyss

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

-Friedrich Nietzsche

Personal traumatic experience is a monster that I fight, which seems to stare back at me in emptiness. Nietzsche’s notion of the abyss, however, suggests to me that to live with trauma is to accept it. Some live on with scars, and some fall into the abyss. Nietzsche’s abyss questions if eternal existence is non-existence, is death, is nothingness?

Medium:

Stone Lithograph

Size:

52*46cm
Forgetting 1

More than any other object, it is the photograph, which is so prized as an object of memory, appearing as it does to capture and hold fleeting moments of the past for us. It is our safety net, our memory knot, the object which most reassures us that the past is not lost. -Deidre Brollo


Medium:

Stone Lithography

Size:

52*46cm
If You Look Inside...
In You Look Inside...

Medium:

Metal Lasercut/Engraving

Size:

15*10 cm
Memory in Pieces

‘Memory in Pieces’ records an impression of shattered glass fragments. The glass particles hold the memory of their original form. Scattered over the surface of the picture, each appears unique and yet shares united characteristics. I want to explore the connections between their individual existence, and the memory of their relationship as a whole.

Medium:

Photopolymer

Size:

76*57cm
Lost in Time

Self-portrait to reflect the loss of self in the flow of time passing.

The human eye is god's loneliest creation. How so much of the world passes through the pupil and still it holds nothing. The eye, alone in its socket, doesn't even know there's another one, just like it, an inch away, just as hungry, as empty.

-Ocean Vuong



Medium:

Stone Lithography

Size:

62*50 cm