(B.1965, China)

At first glance the white porcelain statue by Shen Jingdong reminds us of Mao Zedong, but upon closer inspection it becomes apparent that the statue is that of a lowly PLA soldier.  Shen’s statues resonate especially with the pre-1960’s generation.  Emperor & soldier, god & man, revolution & peace, all these things are united in one piece of art. Shen Jingdong studied the art of porcelain; first he made sculpture and then later started oil painting.

He has found his own iconic symbol, symbols are so important in art; the bald head or big mouth, the old poster or old photograph, these items have all become recognizable symbols, representing the style of the artist, conveying their point of view & the way they see the world.   Chinese contemporary art mostly has its roots in the hard times of the Cultural Revolution; many of the works feel heavy & laden with sadness.