Xu Zhifeng, “5 Pound Thermos,” thermos, scale modified by the artist, concrete, 13.2 x 17.2 x 35.2cm, 2014

The work consists of 1:1 concrete cast of a conventional Chinese thermos, a domestic brand established in 1984, it was widely used in the 80s, and can hardly be found nowadays. The red plastic thermos represents my disappeared childhood, a lifestyle abandoned and replace by electric kettles and hot water showers. One’s memories are always very personal and perceptual. I use the cement material to desaturate the color, and harden the plastic form, to make the temperature of the object cooler, and especially to represent weight of the things lost from our minds. So in other words, this sculpture work embodies a 3d representation of my childhood memories.

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