Shiqi WU

Poems Carried by Hermit Crabs
video work (53sec)
glass works (3)
each 5 x 4 x 4 cm

Shiqui WU

Born in 1993.

Rhode Island School of Design – Master of Glass Art, USA
Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University- Art Design (Glass Art) Master
Hubei Academy of Fine Arts- Department of Mural Painting and Comprehensive Material Painting, China

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2022, Reborn, Werkspoor International Art Center, Utrecht, NL

2022 CICA Museum Contemporary Conceptual Art Exhibition —CICA Museum, Korea

2021 The 17th Small Works Exhibition, 440 Gallery, New York, USA

2021 Rhode Island School of Design Glass Triennial, Woods-Gerry Gallery, USA

Nominations Awards (Selected)

2021 Czech Republic Lipinski Prize, Prague, CZ

“An absurd video inspired me to make a work about hermit crab. In the video, there was a hermit crab hiding in a doll’s head slowly walking back to the sea. As an artist, I imagine countless strange images and stories, but incredibly, reality is sometimes more absurd and dramatic than my imagination. I made a hermit crab shell made out of glass that comes from the sand in the ocean, and I engraved ancient Chinese poems about homesickness on the shell. Then, I allowed the hermit crab to carry the glass and the poem further to the bottom of the sea, hoping that one day the waves will carry these glass shells back to the beach, where someone might find them. While doing the research for this work, I found that I am aware of the gradual imbalance in the relationship between humans and nature. The destruction of the natural environment by humans now affects every species on the planet. Many hermit crabs get trapped in drifting garbage thrown in the ocean and die. Some people like to raise hermit crabs as pets, and many factories cruelly break the original hermit crab shells and replace them with beautiful artificial shells in order to attract more customers to buy them. Every day, thousands of hermit crabs are dying in these factories. Through my work, I hope that more people will see the reality that many of our actions are harming animals and nature, perhaps without our awareness of the problem. Our small actions can actually determine the lives of other animals ”permanence of this world.”