Jin Li: Sharpen Black
15 February, 2016
I have made this series of work by developing the idea of the ‘uncanny’ from my personal experience. This has been contextualised by research into Freud’s notion of the uncanny as something both familiar and uncomfortably strange. I was attempting to associate the idea of ‘uncanny’ with my own memories, with something I feel both familiar and fearful about. While these fragments in my mind are hard to describe in detail, I nonetheless want to use photography to present these feelings.
There is something interesting to be explored in the place where photography meets sculpture, where objects are transformed based on the theory of the uncanny. I made some sculptures such as pyramids and cubes etc. When I am observing or involved in a phenomenon that I am preparing to shoot, the feeling is normally ambiguous. However, image can concretise an abstract sentiment into another abstract language situation. It is actually the images rebuilding. Through a photograph you can experience something that the photographer depicts by a concrete frame or object. This resonant part is invisible and abstract.