Gao Xiaowu

China

Evolution

480 x 270 x 270 cm
Stainless Steel
2014

This sculptural depiction of a shark transforming into an extravagantly ornamental goldfish illustrates the human tendency to work against nature. The title refers to rebirth and metamorphosis, alluding to the transformation of society through industrialisation and technology that the artist sees as artificial, an evolution against nature.

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Born in 1976 in Sanming, Fujian province in Southern China, Gao Xiaowu graduated from the sculpture department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2004. His sculptures often explore the new challenges faced by ordinary people in contemporary Chinese cities though humour and satire.

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