内分泌失调 Endocrin Disorders 38x54x80cm 玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2007.jpg

内分泌失调 Endocrin Disorders 38x54x80cm 玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2007.jpg

被迫害妄想症 Persecution Mania 43x61x73cm  玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2007.jpg

被迫害妄想症 Persecution Mania 43x61x73cm 玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2007.jpg

被背叛的尊严 The Betrayed Dignity  69x56x92cm 玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2009.jpg

被背叛的尊严 The Betrayed Dignity 69x56x92cm 玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2009.jpg

看见女巫降临 Witness of the Descending of the Witch 76x51x95cm  玻璃钢着色 painted fiber gl

看见女巫降临 Witness of the Descending of the Witch 76x51x95cm 玻璃钢着色 painted fiber gl

无懈可击的修女 Impeccable Nun 76x42x92cm 玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2009.jpg

无懈可击的修女 Impeccable Nun 76x42x92cm 玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2009.jpg

幻听之一 Auditory Hallucination I  82x56x93cm  玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2008.jpg

幻听之一 Auditory Hallucination I 82x56x93cm 玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2008.jpg

发育的耻辱The Shame of Growth 69x38x92cm  玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2009.jpg

发育的耻辱The Shame of Growth 69x38x92cm 玻璃钢着色 painted fiber glass 2009.jpg

LI WEI   黎薇

 

Born 1981, Beijing. Lives and works in Beijing

 

Li Wei presents herself as a man partly because she believes men have the upper hand in the Chinese art world. Her highly realistic fibreglass sculptures mostly depict women and animals, with the scrupulous fidelity to physiognomy and anatomy that in the past was unique to European art. This style did not take hold in China until the late 20th century; socialist realism, recognising its universal appeal, tried to copy its effects but settled for politically correct caricature rather than personally resonant truth. Li Wei employs Western realism to create figures that look vaguely Chinese yet seem to belong to a different world from the triumphant soldiers and beaming peasants of the Maoist era. Slightly smaller than life and usually naked, they stand stock still, staring blankly at the floor or into space, as if avoiding the viewer’s gaze. (In the ICU series, part of an exhibition titled “Heroes”, the figures were comatose hospital patients.) Each figure is unique, with posture, hair, and features rendered in painstaking detail. Most appear to be locked inside themselves, suffering in their own mute and invisible way. Yet this very apartness induces an almost reflexive sympathy in the viewer: as human beings, we have all experienced loneliness and pain. Whoever this particular Human Being (2008) is, and whatever her particular situation, she and we are very much alike.

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