He Yida was born in 1980 in Shanghai, China. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2007 from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and currently lives and works in Shanghai.
He Yida’s practice explores the potentiality of space, materials and the relationships between them. Spatial association and material characteristics often comprise the starting point for her work. Material and form have the ability to trigger psychological reactions, and without physical contact, people feel the character of a material through everyday experience. Careful arrangements are assembled using hard, soft, fragile and/or stretchable elements to create unexpected details and visual traps. Dysfunctional daily objects and architectural structure are placed in relation to one another as a response to space. These pieces employ the language of sculpture to set up a palpable and ambiguous theater of objects.