For Beijing artist Cao Hui, it’s what’s inside that counts. His resin sculptures of Venus de Milo or David are straight-out classical, but pull them apart and you’ll find yourself staring at very lifelike cross sections of organs and innards. Hui challenges the audience’s perceptions with his surprising works, daring us to look beyond what’s put in front of our eyes.

“It seems artists are no longer happy just being artists, but are driven by their inborn love of performance to try out new roles, such as philosopher, scientist, doctor or perhaps even engineer,” says Hui in his artist statement. “I think artists really want to play god more than anything else, and will stop at nothing to construct a truth that validates the self.”

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