Shen Shaomin
Chinese, born 1956
Selected exhibitions
Top of the Pop,
Zemack Contemporary Art
East Bridge 2015-2016: Plastic Garden,
Total Museum of Contemporary Art
A Discourse on Plants,
RH Gallery

Fascinated with death and mutation, Chinese sculptor Shen Shaomin glues the bones of various animals together to create imaginary creatures and plants, taking a new perspective on the tradition of assemblage. Adorning his sculptures with hand-carvings, Shen indicates the presence of humans, thereby drawing these imaginary creations into the real world. His work has been called an allusion to the effects of pollution on biological life, or the possibility of a future in which genetic mutation is a reality—both crucial issues in a rapidly urbanizing China.