Morain An info

is an illustrator, an image maker based in New York, NY.

Rubbernecking 雙雙

  1. Clouds
  2. Nanking Notebook 
  3. All that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the desert, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men
  4. US, us
  5. 20:19-19:67




Year: 2022
Pages: (32) p.
Dimensions: 4” x 8.3”

Clouds (Yun Yun) is about the relationships between the formation of clouds and articulations of talking, the photograph of clouds taken by Morain An in China, and so forth.

According to Shuo Wen Jie Zi, an ancient Chinese Dictionary: a cloud is the vapor of mountains and waters, and the Chinese hieroglyphics of Cloud (Yun) show the system of a top-down cycle, a kind of thing that reoccurs itself. Therefore, clouds also mean talking which tacitly refers to the continuous conversation cycle between the speaker and the listener. As the talking content accumulates, it represents the accumulation of vapor into a large cloud.

Nanking Notebook

Year: 2021
Pages: (64) p.
Dimensions: 3.5” x 5”

In the 1930s, scholar Zhu Xie wandered in the streets of Nanjing with a German Zeiss camera and took pictures of historical monuments of the city, leading to the production of Nanking, a photography portfolio of more than 300 pictures. He aimed to document the historical monuments that were about to be replaced by a modern city. One day, we flipped through the brilliant historical images and selected twenty. What followed was a further process of casual sketching, verbose circumlocution, and pairing of some unrelated, ephemeral thoughts. The result is this little booklet.

All that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the desert, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men

Year: 2021
Pages: (88) p.
Dimensions: 7.5” x 9.8”

All that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the desert, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men based on the recent research of Southern Xinjiang by Morain An and Liu Lin. In the book, we transformed some of the documents of Stein and his discovery of Kharosthi woodblock. Also, the chapter related to artist Hu Yun's recent work Untitled (from a five-year expedition.) The character prototype of Li Yuejin Chronology was from a mine owner we met at a contemporary art exhibition in Nanjing in 2016. The text is written initially to scold him, but in the end, after I completed this unknown person's chronology and I felt like I was more like his old friend from nowhere. Liu Ziye describes the trance-like moment of the last day of the Southern Dynasty emperor's life. It is a small physical fragment in the grand history of Chinese emperors, and he is only regarded as a historical figure in the biological sense. The Diary of a Young Architect in Europe (1932) cites the diary of an anachronistic figure in the history of modern Chinese architecture. With imagination and rewriting, it re-depicts a sensory encounter of Chinese elites traveling at the European modernity landscape at the beginning of the 20th century as an imaginary journey to rethink early Chinese modernity in architectural and spatial dimensions. And chapter five, The Last Journey, captures a moment in the life of an unknown boat gang in the lower reaches of the Huai River.

US, us

Year: 2019
Pages: (144) p.
Dimensions: 5.8” x 8.2”

US, us is a black and white film photogrpahy book shoot in 2017-2019.   

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