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The Essentialists Exhibition

Artwork Gallery

Photographic image of a plastic man with dog leaning against a tree surrounded by plants
Photographic side image of plastic man with plastic dog leaning on tree facing traffic
Photographic image looking down on plastic man with plastic dog leaning on a tree while holding a happy face ballon

Artist Statement

Artist Name: Wei Sun

Title: Leisure time in the post-Anthropocene

Medium: Plastic, found materials, digital photography

Year: 2020


Artist Statement:

When everything on the Earth has been shaped by human activities in the post-Anthropocene, it will be a typical scene in daily life — a happy plastic-man, who is a synthetic creature consisting of plastic and microchips, walking his/her plastic-dog at sunset…

The fast technologies create everything in the world and plastic is our main “natural” material. People rely on this material so much but we don’t know what the long-term impact of the  indispensable material is until it ends up within an unnatural community. This bleak outlook is rendered by the assembly of waste plastic parts, I was inspired by during the readings in the course. As Gene Ray says, “With the awareness of living in a damaged world, art can no longer rely on the  representation or imagination of a world "out there," of nature as the object of aesthetic reflection.” An artwork in the new epoch could be a horror of alienation.