Wander Around (mixed media painting+CGI animation+installation)​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​How many times have you checked your smart device today? Do you feel a sense of anxiety when you leave it somewhere? Would you feel comfortable taking a road trip without it? Using a combination of materials, artist Xinyu Zhang explores the ever-increasing roles that technology plays in humans’ daily lives. She paints the figures with acrylic paint, the texture of the paint referencing the physical nature of the human body. The digitally created environment in which the figures wander symbolizes the virtual worlds that people now inhabit. In some of Zhang’s works, digital elements create barriers between people—they wander alone, oblivious of one another. In other pieces, the human figures interact despite of and perhaps even because of the digital elements. These two modes of representation serve as a metaphor for the duality of technology itself...... ​​​​​​​--- Olivia Miller, Director, curator, The University of Arizona Museum of Art