Category: Wu Jian’an

Wu Jian’an | The Surface And The Hidden Meaning

Chinese artist Wu Jian’an uses traditional paper cutting techniques of Chinese shadow puppet plays to make complex multi-layered sculptures that are rooted in traditional Chinese folktales and Buddhism, providing a glimpse of the contemporary in the process.

All these monkeys, monsters, phoenixes and other icons of traditional Chinese folklore are flattened, coloured and twisted into a comical contemporary expression, but to what end?

Xiang Tian Dance (2010) Wu Jian'an
Xiang Tian Dance (2010) Wu Jian’an

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