Frozen Ink



2023
Glass

Frozen Ink treats calligraphic text as a life on pause, an organism stuck at a point in time. Made with borosilicate glass, it imagines the ink to be alive, text to have tentacles. A dialogue is screwed into the wall, oozing goo. Inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s novel His Master’s Voice, in which the concept of language devolves into an abstract rhythm, Yan manipulated glass rods into linguistic creatures that could dwell in Lem’s universe, challenging common notions of biosignatures.