Based in Stockholm, American artist Warren King’s beautiful models were inspired by a visit to his grandparents’ village in China, where his relatives had lived for generations. Influenced by stories of migration, broken bonds and reconnection, his new body of work is a process of understanding his cultural background. Drawing comparisons with the Terracotta Army, his sculptures each have their own emotion and fixed moment in time, ordinary lives immortalized in cardboard until that too inevitably fades away. Working with a material not noted for its beauty, King’s figures lifelike, yet abstract, the hollow forms meticulously constructed from glued cardboard.
Talking about the project’s ultimate goal King says, “The series of figures is so personal and important to me that I will definitely continue to make figures in this series—every chance I get, I’ll make one or two. Someday, hopefully, I’ll have 100 to 200… I don’t know if I’ll ever fully recreate the village, but it’s a nice goal to have,” he concludes.