Beyond a gigantic neon of the word “Souvenirs,” visitors take off their shoes, put on blue booties, and step into Ying’s world. Visitors find themselves in an immersive environment that may throw them off balance. A foamy floor is covered with illusory, geometric patterns, and flanked by mirrors that enhance the dizzying effect. The wall is covered with strange wires and gold-plated rocks, and in the back hallway, symbols of eyes crying are like futuristic hieroglyphics.
The artist offers an approximation of her own experience of being an immigrant, but rejects a clichéd, downtrodden narrative, instead finding value in being able to see the world from a perspective of detached wonderment. “I’m encouraging people to take a look and investigate a little more. Be yourself, think outside the box, and understand that it’s okay for things to be murky,” she explained. “For me, it comes from living between two cultures. I can’t really call either one home, but it’s a nice, objective perspective, like one from space, far away and looking at earth.”