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Chengcheng Shi
Visual Communication MA

Royal College of Art

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Illustration / Visual Communication / Creative Direction

My location: Chengdu, China

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Royal College of Art

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Chengcheng Shi

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First Name: Chengcheng

Last Name: Shi

University / College: Royal College of Art

Course / Program: Visual Communication MA

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Illustration / Visual Communication / Creative Direction

My Location: Chengdu, China

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About:

Chengcheng Shi is an illustrator and designer from China. Her time at the RCA has allowed her to discover and explore the expression of visual language. She uses a variety of mediums to expand the presentation form of illustration, so that it can be inclusive and establish a channel of communication with a wide audience. Chengcheng's illustrated picture book Subjective Time was shortlisted for the China National Illustration Biennale (2021), and her packaging design Reunion was shortlisted for One Show, Chinese Youth Creative Design Competition (2019). Her work New Language won the APENFT Best Creativity Award in 2021.

The window of the mind

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Do you suffer from anxiety in the midst of a pandemic? Where does your anxiety come from? How do you deal with your anxiety? I am one of the people who are deeply affected psychologically by the pandemic. I am plagued with anxiety about my out-of-control life, my self-existence and the health of my loved ones. I want to provide a mind space for myself, and in my work for the audience to meet face-to-face with their inner emotions. We look at the world outside through the window and at the same time we are looking at ourselves. The window constructs a mental world that reflects the external reality, while at the same time constructing the inner life for us. When our body is isolated, consciousness is infinitely magnified and the window becomes the mediator that carries it. Through the window as a 'body' of mind, my practice visualizes the anxiety I felt during the pandemic and creates an emotional connection with the audience through an immersive experience.