You know the anatomical models every doctor seems to have on their side table? That model of the inner ear canal or the pregnant mother’s womb complete with unborn baby, for example? If you’ve ever played around with one, you’ll realize that it’s made of heavy resin pieces stacked together like a human puzzle. These new artworks by the famous Chinese artist Cao Hui are a lot like those models… just imagine your doctor was a classic sculpture fanatic too.
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Each of these statues, from the head of Michelangelo’s David, to the Venus de Milo, are sectioned or quartered off as if cut with a saw. The surprising part, but fitting of Hui’s long running aesthetic, is that each is filled with what looks like anatomical human tissue. Much like the doctors models, these artworks can be disassembled and reassembled, much like a human puzzle, and thus allow each to be displayed in varying degrees of assembly and arrangement depending on the art space they occupy.
Hui constructs the pieces using resin, fiber, acrylic and composite materials. The results, like his past artworks, are both fascinating and disturbing. An innate human instinct is often touched, making us recoil at the fact that our insides should remain inside… but these are exactly the strong emotions Hui is looking to evoke:
“I want the vision to become as rich as possible. Once the richness of vision is huge enough, the feeling can go deeply into people’s mind.”
To see more of his outstanding and often disturbing work, explore pifo.cn.