Working with artist-in-residence Christine Kim, the YI Artists created “Seismic Calligraphy” prints—abstract works that explore the relationships between artist, sound, and object. Christine’s experimental process uses vibrations from amplified sounds to move objects that have been saturated with paint and pigments, making abstract prints on paper. As an artist who is deaf, the process allows her to create visual manifestations of sound.
For this project, the YI Artists visited Chinatown in downtown Manhattan to record the sounds of the neighborhood and find objects that captured its character. Back in the studio, Christine guided the teens through the process of creating “Seismic Calligraphy” prints using the sounds and objects they had collected.