With his continuous creative processes from traditional to modern art, Shi Jindian has developed into an ‘organic intellectual’ artist of unique skill, and this is reflected in his choice of subject matters – objects with historical and cultural significance, transformed by his superb craftsmanship to open a new dimension of poetry and field of discourse.
Shi Jindian’s works are based on the destruction and reconstruction of real objects. His works are based on common objects of our daily lives, and through his complex crafting processes of weaving, emptying, transforming, and reshaping, the products become extraordinary, far removed from everyday life, thus generating an unexpected sense of fascination. This time-consuming and calm, meditation-like creative process and the manpower involved are the artist’s total objection to the industrial products destructed. To Shi, all the initiatives might merely be ignited by the desire for a change in the traditional artistic language of sculptures, but in terms of the cultural aspect, it is an effective means to execute the analysis of cultural symbols.
Shi Jindian was born in 1953 in China’s Sichuan Province, and graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing in 1974. His works have been exhibited at the Montpellier Chinese Contemporary Art Biennale, the Chengdu Biennale, the Guangzhou Triennial, parallel exhibition of the 54th and 55th Venice Biennales and the White Rabbit Museum.