Using sculpture and installation, Shen Yuan's work ranges from monumental site-specific interventions to intimate, visceral objects. Her work transforms materials into poetic - but often disturbing - meditations, touching on contemporary questions about migration, memory and language. In August 2000, Shen Yuan undertook an artist's residency in Bristol (facilitated by artist/curator Gillian Cooper); since then, she has been creating new work for Arnolfini. Just Like a Fish in Water incorporates live fish swimming in a boat and fish skeletons cast in Bristol Blue Glass set on a sea of salt. Shen Yuan is the first solo exhibition of the artist's work in the UK. Concurrently, Chisenhale Gallery, London, will be showing Shen Yuan's installation Un matin du monde (25 July - 9 September).
Curated by inIVA and Arnolfini in collaboration with Chisenhale. Chisenhale Gallery is at 64 Chisenhale Road, London E3. Tel: 020 8981 4518. Opening times: 1pm-6pm Wed-Sun