Yingjia (Lemon) Guo is an interdisciplinary artist from China. With a background in Chinese folk music, Lemon graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 with a distinguished major in music composition (BA), and is currently a second year MFA student in Sound Art at Columbia University. Bringing together music, sound arts, visual arts, fashion, theatre, dance, and technology, her recent solo and ensemble work often creates intimate yet distant listening situations for evocative and subtle vocal performances.
In these situations of entanglement, the performers and the viewers are trapped as one, between comfort and anxiety. The work often explores subjects that she is deeply conflicted with, such as the smog pollution and the replaces identities of Chinese folk music. Perhaps the failure to find a solution or even form an opinion about these issues has unconsciously tempted her to lure other people into the same affliction. The process usually starts with an idea, and evolves around voices, technology, and visual elements, towards a sense of beauty that feels human.
As a finalist of the 2015 ASCAP/SEAMUS Allen Strange Award, her work has been shown in venues such as Rubin Museum of Art (New York), Issue Project Room (New York), Fridman Gallery (New York), Creative Climate Awards (New York), EcoSono Festival of Environmental Music and Sound Art (Alaska), Chronus Arts Center (Shanghai), Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen/Hong Kong), Madrid International Film Festival (Spain), OTO Asobi B-side (Tokyo).