10 January 2024
Xingrong Qiao explores the
absurdities of everyday experience
by Kate Mothes
Tapping into the universal relatability of moving into a new space, getting used to different appliances, and struggling with DIY equipment, Xingrong Qiao documents everyday experiences and reflections. In her piece My Daily Routine—Drying Clothes, the artist draws on the first night she stayed in her new apartment in The Netherlands and spent a long time trying to set up the drying rack for her laundry. “I never used it before, so I tried and failed lots of times before getting it right,” she says. Part performance and part sculpture, the rack itself transformed into a metaphor for the challenges of getting used to a new routine in a new place.
All images © Xingrong Qiao