Yi Lin Zeng


Class of: 2027

Major: Design and Technology BFA

Medium: Sculpture

Faculty: Aviva Maya Shulem

Prompt: In this project, students are tasked with developing a body part cover inspired by exoskeletons' anatomy, and it explores forms of protecting ourselves from their world. How is this shell a metaphor for our state of mind? Our emotions? Our physical being?

Inspired by the organism Epimeriidae I created a shoulder armor relating to the sense touch. The sculpture’s pointy edges evoke a sense of danger to its observers. Similar to the Epimeriidae, the piny crest along their mid-back and spines on their sides serve as a protection or serve as a “disruptive shape” that camouflages itself. The sculpture serves as a dichotomy between protection and harm. It reflects my tendency to exhibit hostile body language in an unfamiliar environment. The rigid structure exhibits the body as intrusive (represented by daylight photos) but the oxymoronic meaning (represented by night photos) is focused on vulnerability and protection.