The soil used here is what Wang Youshen has been using at home to plant flowers. It is from Changbai Mountains (a mountain range on the border between China and North Korea famous for substantial natural resources). For 20 years, Wang Youshen has created different versions of Nutritious Soil on site in numerous art spaces domestic and overseas. The “soil” he has made in the recent year is compounded “nutrients” including: natural soil, grains and couplet. Wang Youshen brings the images of couplets on the cloth by spraying and separates them into 14 squares. The grains, as the nutrients, are thus scattered into pieces covering the “nutrients” until everything integrates together. What’s interesting while producing the work is that all kinds of insects and small living creatures keep being nurtured. The traces they leave have become a member of “nutrient”. Nutritious Soli can be growing and developing by absorbing from compounded “nutrients”.
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