Ying Yu is a visual artist who works majorly in printmaking and painting. She was born in Changsha, China in 1992 and has worked and lived between China, Canada, and the UK. In 2015, she completed her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Alberta. Later, she went on to pursue a Master degree in Fine Arts, Print, from the Royal College of Art in London and has graduated in 2019.
Ying’s works often discuss the relationship between memory and space. Seeing photography as a powerful tool that enables people to capture moments, she questions the authenticity of the medium. She looks into the enthusiasm people share nowadays in taking photos and wonder if the process could help revisit past memories.
She creates collages with multiple layers involving photos, text, and drawings. Making use of print’s reproducible nature, her works often require a long printing process. She repeatedly breaks down images and uses fragments from them to compose new, layered narratives. Some of the dominant forces that form her art practice include her experiences of traveling and residing in different cities, and the cultural differences she observed in these places.