Nominated by Northwestern University Studies of sub conscious and subatomic conscious try to pry open the inner self, but this opening up, this exposure, readily creates another surface of outside things, which interact with what was once hidden and change it. The focal point of Huayi Wang’s work is the contact between the individual and another. Focusing on the way in which the different surfaces around us affect the surface presented to the world and how this affects the interface when the surfaces of one touches another. Through the use of different media, Wang searches through history, stories, and the expanding internet, piecing the answers together. As self described, at the core, it is all a very selfish path of stereotypical self-discovery/ feeling out the boundaries between me and not-me. Huayi is a recent graduate of Northwestern University. Image: Welcome (detail of site specific Installation Folding Hexagons on the Borders of High Noon and Other Such Place Curtains), Onasburg, Pearl Cotton, Floss, Poplar, 2013.