Ren Zhe

China

The Watchman

259 x 159 x 310 cm
Bronze with plasma spray coating
2015

In this striking artwork, a warrior is attempting to free himself from a fishing net. The interwoven structure of the glittering net represents human greed, while its golden colour represents material ostentation. The fighting warrior himself symbolises the desire to obtain freedom and authentic joy, which can be achieved by freeing oneself from ‘the net’ of greed. The figure is the embodiment of strength and energy within the traditional East Asian culture.

All beings have their own soul. Greed is not part of human nature, as much as sharks are not ferocious animals by nature; both sharks and humans value their lives. The alternation between life and death reflects a cause- effect relationship: the physical and mental worlds are regulated by a kind of karma. By saving the sharks we are helping ourselves; in the process of self-transcendence, there is the attempt to help others. Through his artwork, Ren Zhe hopes to convey the value of sharks and to inspire freethinking.

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Ren Zhe graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Department in Tsinghua University. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions, both in China and internationally, and his artworks have won numerous prizes.

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