Ode to eating
The main body of the artwork is made up of delicate and fragile ceramics and the surface of the shark features images inspired by Chinese traditional iconography, traditionally displayed on the surface of antique tableware. Looking at the artwork, there is a sense of cruelty conveyed through the representation of the contrast between the of beauty of life and the cruelty of the scars. The notion of life, species, beauty and tranquillity is represented in a semantic context of cruelty and desire: this contrast creates a balanced composition.
Yang Tao was born in 1970 in Taiyuan, China. With a broad and multifaceted artistic approach, his artworks include sculptures, photos, paintings and artistic installations. He is currently emerging as one of China’s most significant contemporary artists.