"In appearance it is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain."
This quote from Chairman Mao, talking about the United States, was at the forefront of my mind when I began experimenting with this self-portrait sculpture during a summer 2012 residency in Beijing, PRC.
Left outside and naturally modified during the worst storm Beijing had seen in several decades--one which claimed many lives due to poor drainage and civic planning--the piece began to reveal something telling about China's own boastfulness.
hair, clay, fluorescent bulb, wood, charcoal, foam, aluminum, jeans, shoes, acrylic paint, string beans, the elements