The first solo exhibition by Shanghai-based artist Yu Ji, “Wasted Mud” uses sculpture to explore the human body in relation to the built and natural environments we inhabit.
Cast in concrete, the torso is a regular motif in Yu Ji’s sculptural work. In keeping with this theme, “Wasted Mud” includes two new concrete sculptures depicting bodies bound together, one contained within plaster and wood. Inspired in part by the birth of her first child, these sculptures explore concepts of human interdependence, transformation and change.
Breeding Bed is a sculpture suspended in mid-air from the gallery walls. A large handmade net, this piece is interwoven with recycled materials from local construction sites in Tower Hamlets, along with objects from Yu Ji’s Shanghai studio.
You can also expect to see ten plastic tubes connected to a self-regulating electronic water pump. This work will ‘slowly leak plant-infused water throughout the gallery space, altering the exterior of her sculptures and seeping liquid into the building’s floor.’
Chisenhale Gallery will resemble a site under construction, sprinkled with debris. “Wasted Mud” encourages us to focus on the spaces that contain and sustain us, exposing our reliance upon one another and the world around us.