" Yarli Allison - Art

Me(n)tal Skin Cage 01
Performance, Paint on Steel
48 x 18 x 18 inch

For a very long period, Yarli observed a close person of her detach his/her mind from the physical world. He/She stopped interacting with people – not even with his/her child. His/her body was physically present, but he/she was absent. Yarli mimicked this reaction to the outer world as a way to soothe feelings of uncertainty and insecurity brought about by the person's absence.

Yarli tries to get under that person’s skin to understand herself more by performing inside her sculpture named Me(n)tal Skin Cage. This interactive steel “furniture” was built to contain the artists' body. The box recreates an enclosed universe in which one can isolate themself, and audiences are invited to sit on. A lock and two windows were placed inside the container to separate her presence from the outer world. The shape and form of the box is based on her body size and gesture in fitted dimensions.

By entering this restricted space, she feels a mixture of comfort, security, and calm. While she makes noises inside the steel box, the hard cold steel bounces echoes into her ears resonating with overwhelming thoughts bouncing in the mind.

..... 2019/20
Wrestling Blues, 2019-20

A Wave Of Garden Things Falls on U, 2019

Works on Walls, 2019~On-Going


..... 2017/18

Fortune Teller Is Not Here, 2018

Elephant the Allison, 2018

Missing Chicken_Assembling with Open Mouths, 2018


Sea Chicken - A short memoir on Immigration Tide, 2017 I Wish You Pluffy Pluffy, 2017

..... 2016

Momo, The Talking Hair, 2016 No Jumper in Nowhere, 2016 From Kendra, with Love (let's not talk about it)., 2016 The Poems of Walls #1-4, 2016 Wood-Eye, Eye-Human (木-目,目-人), 2016

.................... 2015
"It Says There Is A Dead Body", 2015 Me(n)tal Skin Cage 02, 2015

............ Very Old, but important stuff

The Tiniest Projects, 2011- Mary's Everlasting Vacation Project, 2007 Studio / experimental impulses (2009-2018) Body Boxes, 2013

Yarli Allison - Work YARLI ALLISON (b.88) is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, London-based artist with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses drawing, sculpture, performance, digital, film and installation.