Surreal Animal Sculptures Carrying Monumental Elements of Nature
by Wang Ruilin
by Johnny Strategy
Chinese sculptor Wang Ruilin’s “Dreams” describe surreal animals that carry nature elements like mountains or lakes on their back, expressing the idea of “Leaving individuals behind is painful”.
Ruilin’s copper sculptures are the result of Eastern classical painting and imagery that’s been combined with past experiences. He recalls a life-changing incident when, at the age of 4 or 5, he encountered a painting of a horse by the artist Xu Beihong. He became obsessed with the vigorous animal and has ever since identified with it. The artist describes his creative process as digging deep into his heart and excavating “works that originally exist from various experiences.”
Ruilin’s “Dreams” series was most recently part of ART Beijing earlier this year. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Behance.