390 x 176 x 210 cm
Stainless Steel, Copper, Red Light

The steel used in this work is cold and harsh. It evokes something cruel and inhumane, such as a knife piercing the body of a shark. The shark itself is suspended and inanimate, like a pig’s corpse waiting to be sold. The red colour in this piece should portray vitality and energy. Instead, the inertia of the shark conveys a sense of hopelessness. Rays of light filter through the fins, illuminating the world outside the shark; the creature seems on the verge of exploding, unable to contain these inner flames. This work raises a dire warning. If the massacre continues then sharks will disappear, followed by the environment, and finally humans.


Fan Xiaoyan was born in 1983 in Gaomi, Shandong Province. She graduated in 2008 from the Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, BFA. She currently works and lives in Beijing. She has exhibited in many countries including France, Monaco and Switzerland. She has been involved with On Sharks & Humanity since 2013.

Mirage - Fan Xiaoyan - Monaco 2013