Sun Yao: Topographies of the Self
Curated by Raul Zamudio
Sun Yao’s paintings underscore how the world we inhabit is intrinsically connected to our psyche, his landscapes are infused with psychological and emotional force and content. His large-scale paintings rendered in his signature style monochrome are exquisitely detailed with imagery of forests, rivers, and mountains; yet at the same time, they are inscribed with hallucinatory images of faces and bodies that appear to be more archetypal than any single person. In melding landscape with the anthropomorphic, Sun Yao’s paintings poetically and powerfully remind us how geography is reflected in us and we in it, and ultimately integral to our identity and enmeshed with our sense of being.