ARTIST STATEMENT          艺术介绍

Shelter is the most recent series of work that I have been working on. All the sculptures were made of high temperature ceramic clay. I combined elements of plants, animals, human body parts, creatures and myths into my works, and made them into various surreal forms. Every time that I conceive of the form of my sculptures, I always like to imagine them as my dream hidden place where is safe and secret. I enjoy indulging in childlike fantasies, where the world is innocent, joyful, and sometimes magical. However, the world where adults live is harsh and sad because they have been expelled from the “protected garden”. This may be a price for us to knowledge the truth and essence of the world. Art is perceptual, and I use it to build the "hidden place" of the human mind. Just like fairy tales to children and legend stories to adults, we all can live there to rest, at least temporarily avoiding the siege of experiences and doubts.


《庇护所》是我艺术实践中最新系列作品,它们均用陶瓷泥土高温烧制而成。在每一次构想这个系列的作品形态时,我总会把他们想成是一座我梦想中的城堡,安全而又隐蔽。其中融合了植物,动物,人体,神话的元素,我将他们组合在一起形成各种超现实的形态。我习惯沉溺于孩童般的幻想中,在那里世界是天真的、欢喜的,有时还会带有一点魔幻色彩。然而成年人生活的世界很多时候则是悲伤地,被从庇护的花园中驱逐出来。我想这或许是对认知事物真实本质后的一种代价。艺术是感性的,我通过它来建造人类心智的“居所”,就像儿童的童话和成人的传奇故事一样,人类可以在那里栖息,至少可以暂时避开经验和怀疑的围困。

 

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