300 x 200 cm
Board, Propylene, Silk Mesh and Transparent Acrylic
The eye is a common part of animals and humans, a channel through which both are thought to express their interior worlds. Here an oversized shark eye gazes at the viewer as the viewer stares back at them, representing a moment of mutual observation. Magnified, every fleck of colour and shadow is depicted in vivid detail, and the viewer’s image is reflected in the shiny surface, placing them at the centre of the work. The indignant and sorrowful expression of the shark’s eye is intended to provoke us into considering the effects of our violent attitude towards sharks, humanising the animal’s emotions and encouraging us to view them as more than a violent predator.
Born in the Northeastern region of China in 1983, Liu Zining graduated from the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in 2006. His artistic style is expressed through the use of colour and perspective to explore visual power. He is currently emerging as one of China’s most significant contemporary painters.