Xixi Qian

The String Vibrating – Burst My Pink Bubble, 2022

Hard-ground etching & Aquatint printed chine collé on rice paper and Somerset velvet white

Prints & Multiples61.3 x 81.4 x 1cmFramedShips from United Kingdom


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About the Artist

Xixi Qian (b.1996, China) is a visual artist whose works depict a botanical punk world, fully expressing the alternative spirit of punk culture that transcends societal norms and creates a unique spiritual utopia. In her creations, plants serve as the core elements through which she explores various social regulations, reflecting the complexities of inclusiveness and opposition. Such exploration is enriched by the diversity of human society, making the plant world equally filled with intricacies and simplicities. Specifically, her practice involves using the characteristics of roots and fungi to explore the social dynamics of second-tier Chinese cities. She interprets the social, economic, and cultural relationships between parents, neighbors, and different generations from both macro and micro perspectives. These creative practices enable her to scrutinize contemporary society from a unique standpoint.

About the Artwork

String Vibration alludes to the butterfly effect, where small changes can trigger long-term chain reactions. I created a plant punk world based on the symbiotic nitrogen-fixing relationship between legumes and rhizobia to convey the concept of an economically beneficial system. By incorporating plant elements, I hope to express the idea that although Wenzhou was originally a harmonious and picturesque city, the rapid industrial development in the past two decades has led to serious economic and cultural imbalances. I intend to reflect on this phenomenon. Creating this piece was a very random process. Usually, people can intuitively understand concrete landscapes, but the plants I studied show very abstract forms under the microscope, which is not common for people. So, people might think my style is very abstract, kind of illustration-like, but I don’t think so. I like this abstract way of expression, because abstract things can stimulate more imagination.