© 2019 by Max Cheng

SCULPTURE

The Transformation of Bamboo

2013

Bamboo, Metal

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In general, a creative process can be kicked off from two different aspects - concept and properties of material. For processing bamboo, I choose the latter procedure in order to explore the possibility of bamboo. Throughout the processing bamboo, I am familiar with its features of growth and physical changes against environmental changes. Usually people will remove the outer layer of bamboo to make new products such as rattan, but I tend to adopt a different approach. The form of bamboo would be preserved so that the final product can be returned to a natural bamboo strips. 

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2013

Bamboo

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When processing bamboo, I realize that the shaving pattern looks like a traditional Chinese painting of countryside view. I stop making changes and decide to keep its unique pattern. 

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2010

Epoxy Resin

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2010

Plaster, Branch and Newspaper

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Inspired by the Chinese poem “Drinking alone in the moon beam” by renowned poet Li Bai, I used newspaper, tree branches and plaster to create two “Treemen” which are b lue or red in colors respectively. These two “Treemen” can stay with me and share every bittersweet moment.