Shen Jing Dong

(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.