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WANG KEPING: Metamorphoses

Evoking some archaic goddesses from the depths of time, Wang Keping ‘s monumental wooden sculptures fascinate by their density and sensuality. Maternity, Origin of the World, Cyclops Woman… half-figure, half-totem, they appear frozen in their metamorphoses, suspended between form and formlessness, incarnation and abstraction… Carved in hundred-year-old trees, these hieratic figures seem to come from a concretion of time but also contain in the fullness of their round forms and their voluptuous swirls petrified streams of sap still throbbing with life… Calling for a caress, they conceal in the perfection of their smooth and shiny surfaces all the imperfections of the wood of which the Chinese artist has made himself the singer: revealing its asperities (veins, knots, hollows…) with the flame of the blowtorch, before sanding it to reveal its “soul,” he “listens to the language of wood”; it is he who imposes his form and his constraints.

Exhibition Metamorphoses
Until March 12, 2022 
Galerie Nathalie Obadia
91, rue du Fg St-Honoré, Paris VIII

Open air workshop in the gardens of the Rodin Museum
77, rue de Varenne, Paris VII
From May 2 to June 5

Carte blanche at the Musée Guimet
Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet
6, place d’Iéna, Paris XVI 
From November 23 to March 6, 2023

Publication Wang Keping by Flammarion (49 €)

Stéphanie Dulout