UdK Berlin Rundgang 2021

What You See Is What You Get

Xuejing Wang
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

I’m always attracted by the details in life and they evoke a lot of feelings. After I came and live in Berlin, I found a lot of "little things" that are common in Germany but not in China, such as various Kräutertee in the supermarket, egg cartons lined up like fortresses, and falling leaves on the ground like carpets even in the downtown . My work《What You See Is What You Get 》tries to use a new presentation of the object ,which gives me special feelings, and then I express these feelings about the same object from my personal perspective.In my eyes, the fallen leaves contain a whole autumn, the tea bag is the leisture time of the day, the egg box represents the repeated three meals of self-discipline. I picked up every piece of fallen leaf I like, carefully left every tea bag and dried them, and preserved the packaging box of every egg I had eaten…… They are not just scraps that should be thrown away,but worthy of being commemorated. They are like a symbol of my two-years life here. Therefore, I adopted the form of furniture,but without the functionality of furniture. Art has the non-functional usability , but this is the most charming part of it . However, at the same time, every audience has their own perspective, and what they see is what they get.