Corn Creature: From the Body to the Body Through the Body
Why We Recommend it
Wing Po So’s sculptures, plaster carvings and immersive installation explore a fictitious archaeological reality through the use of a corn material.
In the artist’s ongoing exploration of using Chinese medicinal materials in her art, the exhibition features the use of corn – one of the most common Chinese medicinal ingredients.
The pieces exhibited resemble fossilised remains and archaeological specimens, imagining a once-animated corn creature. The ingenious use of corncobs embedded in clay which is then fired produces the impression of a seemingly petrified unknown creature recently unearthed. Developing on the same narrative, an eleven-meter-long cocoon was woven out of corn-silk laboriously processed and made into a mesh, a large-scale installation that immerses the viewer’s senses.
The exhibit’s deceptively ancient-looking works and the use of an innovative material to create narratives prompts viewers to question the constantly perceptually shifting reality, treading the line between the living and non-living, fictitious and real.