says Xin. “A body free from the grasps of gravity.” Such a body is examined in much of her work: “Tear Set”, for instance, which features a ‘crying machine’ that replicates the artist’s own tears. Here, the work addresses the tension of desiring intimacy. Observers of Xin’s work could see and touch three liters of Xin’s artificial tears, a concept evocative of that quintessential human dilemma: Wanting to express your feelings and be seen without actually having to feel said feelings.
Then there’s “Masque”, a psychoacoustic mask that manipulates the wearer’s perception of their breath. Imagine hearing yourself hyperventilating. When the “Masque” study group heard themselves breathing quickly, their hearts also quickened, and their awareness of their own anxiety levels – even their sexual attraction levels – were vastly skewed. In all of her works, Xin creates experiences and objects to reorganize and make sense of our shared “psychological, emotional, cultural, and perceptual approaches to the world”. In other words, Xin examines what makes us human.