2012 by Ruyi Wong
MA Degree Show, Camberwell College of Arts
Wong’s work Temple, in her own words, “explores the sublime and the transcendence in the human body”. She abstracts her body by printing fragmented parts on different materials, mimicking architectural shapes of places of worship in her poses. While the architectural inspiration isn’t always clear, the poses her body adopts beautifully summon moments of prayer or contemplation – a head leaning on arms face down, the pose of the child in yoga, bare feet; all objectify and escape the individual. The basic innocence and essence of calm in her photography is enhanced by its black and white simplicity, focusing on tonal contrast of skin and light. This texture is then carried by the natural and tactile materials Wong prints her photographs onto – limestone, natural stone, sand – all stem from and tell tales of the earth. Wong moulds this stone into circular plates that inter-lock and inter-join with one another, creating a caterpillar like line of adjoined circles that moves the eye across the body through the fragmented photographs. The black and white of the photography is wonderfully mirrored in the charcoal black and chalk white of the stone which, soft and crumbling yet in some ways everlasting, encourages the feeling of transcendence Wong aims to convey.