Purr, 2023
Oil on canvas
84 x 68 in
213.4 x 172.7 cm

Yin’s painting practice weaves between moments of history, documentary, and narrative to depict vignettes of leisure—from directly modifying historical photographs found through archival research to imagining new figures when working from an absence of archival visual representation.

The present work combines contemporary Asian Americana—a friend’s good hair day— with Chinese restaurant scenes pastiched from Ashcan School painter John Sloan.