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Shen Yuan

Just Like A Fish In Water

By Antonia Carver

SHEN YUAN, Perdre sa Salive (Wasting One's Spittle), 1994, installation, ice, knives, spittoons, 500 x 700 x 200 cm.

Shen Yuan is rare among contemporary artists: she revels in kitsch and play and is fond of grand gestures, but she has the lightest, most subtly profound of touches. Her installations are extraordinary, yet relate directly to everyday life. She has said that she wishes to 'reveal the latent language of the material, to breathe life into inanimate things, make useless things useful and…

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