Shen Shaomin

Unknown Creature - Three Headed Monster (and detail)

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Unknown Creature - Three Headed Monster  (and detail)
Shen Shaomin
Unknown Creature - Three Headed Monster (and detail)
2002
Bone, Meal, Glue
150 x 70 x 670 cm

Shen Shaomin adopts the role of being anthropologist, scientist, and author of his own fabricated mythologies. Constructed from real animal bones, his sculptures collectively create a bestiary of fictional creatures that are wondrous, frightening, and strange. Reminiscent of Borges’s Book of Imaginary Beings, Shen’s absurd assemblages exude an ancient wisdom, authenticating the magic of fable and folklore, while alluding to contemporary issues of genetic modification, consequence of environmental threat, and concepts of the alien and exotic.


     
 


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