CYRUS TANG

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Cyrus Tang’s practice reflects sentiments of nostalgia through translation of disappearance into remembrance and fantasy. Her work examines the paradox of reconstructing ephemeral mental images and sensations in permanent materials. Disappearance is a notion that an absence can be a unique and expanded form of presence. It retains an excess meaning and experience. The process of capturing the lost implies a particular mental orientation; a sense of lost promise combined, perhaps, with a desire to redeem that promise in the future. It is a contemplative mode of thought that might lead to nostalgia and resignation or to renewed activism as the past is overlaid with, and tested against, the present. Tang’s works suggest a phantasmic site of loss: an eternal absence of the sort encountered in her visual images.

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