Hou Wen, Original Limited Edition Fibreglass Sculpture, 'Cold Girl', 2011
Artist: Hou Wen
Title: Cold Girl
Media: Fibreglass and Mixed Media
Dimensions: 78 x 33 x 32cm
The little girl in Hou Wen's creation looks quiet and immature, however, she contains passion and energy that cannot be ignored. She is shaped from the image of the inner child of the artist's heart, weakness and sharpness, sorrow and strength, imprisonment and extension, such words seem to be more appropriate to describe this image.
Maybe there are more hidden meanings waiting for us to discover. As the artist has always emphasized the spiritual resonance, in front of these little girls, everyone can rediscover their unique soul melody, and these works have become a vehicle for viewers to find spiritual resonance.
Hou Wen was born in 1984 and was primarily influenced by the 1990s. A collective of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied group of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most renowned member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet entrepreneurial. Due to the large amount of media coverage that they garnered, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists including Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this outline.
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