Me in The Mess Tin, 2016


Mixed material, Variable sized

The aluminium lunch box is the national memory of People’s republic of  China, and the objects with the same appearance belong to different individuals; this work is an exploration of the artist's self-identity and individuality after the era of the planned economy. Within the limited size, in the recessed space, the artist realised the difficulty of shaping the appearance, then restored his closed eyes with the question about whether he would wake up or continue to sleep. When the lid of the lunch box is buckled, the work will also be indistinguishable from other industrially produced lunch boxes.

铝制饭盒是新中国的国民记忆,相同的外观的物件归属于不同的个人;此作品是对后计划经济时代下,艺术家自我身份和个人性的探索。在限定的尺寸内,在凹陷的空间中,艺术家体会塑造形象的困难,并还原他闭眼的样貌,也留下了关于他是将要苏醒还是继续沉睡的问题。而当饭盒盖扣上,作品也将和其他工业化生产的饭盒难以分辨。




Wu Xiaoran 2018-2020 — London, Hangzhou, Shanghai