Bathhouse grandmas
堂 . 澡
        
       These whole series figure sculptures inspired by missing public bathhouse culture in north China. The confliction between traditional culture value and the needs of modern urban development.
       For the most part of the 20th Century, before hot water heater became available to the common household, public shower and bathhouses were an important existence in China. This was not only the place for people to take a shower but a social destination for the community. The winter days were long, the pace of those pre-economic-bloom years were slow. One could easily spend a couple of hours in the bathhouse, chatting away, scrubbing each other’s backs and rinsing off all the troubles in life.
With the living condition in China rapidly improving in the last thirty years, public bathhouses are coming to an extinct. Every day there are old buildings being torn down and new nostalgia being born, and the public bath is becoming a very unique and private memory that’s shared by millions.
         To the curious artist, the disappearance of these bathhouses are not only sentimental, but also a closing door to peek into human relations. How does the context of communication change the content? It’s hard not to be honest when you’re chatting naked. Or, is it the opposite? How is human relation evolving with diminishing physical space and expanding virtue domain? It is about the balance between losing and getting. Such is the conversation the artist has been having with the past.
​​          It took one year to complete this whole series from research and sketch. 4o small figures, and three life-size ones. 
* Materials include stoneware clay with underglaze, steel, resin.

澡堂是北方的习惯但让南方的我尤为好奇。一种那么直接赤裸的信任和无拘。
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