Landscape of Confinement is a new installation by Shen Shaomin that dramatises the precarious relationship between human evolution and the preservation of the natural world in the name of human freedom and progress. Shen has created a frozen environment, inverting our immediate expectation of the natural beauty and landscape that is associated with a place such as Sydney. Instead of glittering beaches and bushland, the
artist has recreated an altogether different landscape.
The stillness of this work belies its tension – it relies on the production and consumption of energy in order to stay in its frozen state. It is this interdependence of energy and human comfort; traditional skills and contemporary living; the poetic and the material that characterises his Landscape of Confinement.
Shen Shaomin Landscape of Confinement 2012 refrigerator elements, ice dimensions variable Courtesy the artist and Osage Gallery, Hong Kong The presentation of this work has been supported by the Australia China Cultural Council 沉少民 《约束的景观》 (2012) 製冰結構, 冰 尺寸變量