chinese sculptor, painter, photographer, and video artist #leixue often explores the innate tension between past tradition and modernity in his diverse body of work. one series that illustrates this interest in the relationship between the old and the new is #drinkingtea , a creative and comical collection of can sculptures.
each sculpture has been crafted by xue to resemble a discarded, crumpled can. made out of white porcelain and featuring painted blue patterns and motifs, the pieces are clearly inspired by ming dynasty wares, putting a clever, contemporary twist on traditional ceramics.
unlike real cans, the reinterpreted pieces were not mass produced or manufactured in a factory. they were sculpted and painted entirely by hand.