《老墙》Old Wall, 2003-04
Old Wall—A white wall: a clear memory, a photograph in time.
Old Wall—A fake wall: the materials were replaced, hiding the true meaning.
Old Wall—A varying wall: extending into different spaces, straight into people‘s hearts.
Old Wall—An old wall: it leaves unanswered questions and traces in our poetic dwelling.
Scale: 170×800×105cm， 镀锌铁网、纸浆， Materials: Wire Mesh, Paper Pulp
2003 , Parallel Time-Asian Contemporary Art Exhibition/ China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
Today, when people talk about natural scenery, they also pay attention to human nature, referring to the connection between human nature and the environment.
I believe my home city, Hangzhou, is representative of humanities and nature. In it’s history, there have many poems of the graceful West Lake and landscape of Hangzhou. It is still graceful today.
My work is closely connected with such a kind of humanity and nature, as it comes directly from my feelings towards it’s nature but also beyond nature itself. It grows in a simple form - it is a poetic nature and a poetic reconstruction.
Professor and Ph.D. supervisor of China Academy of Art
Founder of Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art.
She has started contemporary artistic creation since 1986 and her works are featured by the adoption of cotton, hemp, Xuan paper, pulp and other fiber materials. Due to the creative framework based on the sense of modern art and her sensitivity and skills on materials, her artistic creation has become more purified and mature. Among the patterns of Chinese contemporary art, Shi Hui's works display unique visual features. She extends the traditional weaving into the construction of visual space and changes the weaving process into an experience process so that it becomes a kind of image interpretation on "postmodern animatism" to reflect the cultural heritage of the Eastern spirit on the level of contemporary art.
Some of her important exhibitions include: “The Third Shanghai Biennale”, “Living in Time -- 29 Chinese Contemporary Artists Exhibition” (National Gallery of Berlin, 2001), “The First Guangzhou Triennial "Reinterpretation: Ten Years of Chinese Experimental Art" (Guangdong Art Museum, 2002), “Alors, la Chine? - Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition” (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2003) and “Our Future: Guy & Myriam Ullens Collection” (Beijing Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, 2008). She has also held her individual exhibitions at the HHLA Exhibition Center in Hamburg (2006), Germany and the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany (2013). She won the Martell Award for Extraordinary Artist in 2007 and the award of AAC the 8th Award of Art China for Sculpture Influence in 2014. She has published 20 collections of works, such as the Poetic Simplicity: Shi Hui’s Work and Shi Hui.