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b. 1945, works and lives in Tiantai, Zhejiang Province
1993 ~ 1999
silk, cocoon, charred copper
17 pieces

Liang Shaoji started breeding silkworm since 1989, and has engaged in the creative experiment of the whole process from birth to death. To observe the spinning process of silkworms, he always sat by their side day and night. One day, when he was again sitting by, there dropped a silkworm on his collar, the question “Am I a silkworm too?” came to his mind, thus, “BED” is created. He made charred engine coils as bed frames, on which silkworms live, spin, make cocoons and breed year after year. Finally in the beginning of 20th century, this piece of artwork was shown on 48th Venice Biennale, Italy.
Liang Shaoji sees silk as line of life and line of destiny, seemingly broken but actually not. Overcoming firmness by gentleness, while semitransparent silk asserts itself as being in a state of stillness, emptiness and blurriness. The artist holds that only by making the bed frame small can it keep an appropriate proportion with cocoon, thus reflect the affection for the little creature.

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