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Inside Strikingly True, page 198.
Chinese artist Yang Maoyuan creates animal sculptures with a difference–he takes the skins of dead animals and inflates them to monstrous sizes, often dyeing them in lurid colors.
Beijing-based Yang travels to Hebei in northern China to buy horse, goat and sheep skins. He then stitches and processes the skins before blowing them up so that their bodies become bloated and round. He chooses animals from his Mongolian ancestry, making them larger than life to reflect his oldest dream symbols, and gives them a round shape that represents harmony in China. To make his sculptures even more grotesque, he gives some of the sheep two or three heads.
Yang‘s Mongolian heritage is important to him. For thousands of years, people of the grassy Mongolian steppes have lived a nomadic lifestyle, and a large percentage of people in Mongolia still continue to live that way. For the roaming life of a nomad, horses are helpful for traveling from place to place and livestock are a good mobile food source.
Goats, sheep, cattle and camels make up the bulk of Mongolian livestock. So, it’s no coincidence that Yang uses the skins of horses, goats, sheep and cows in his art. Besides his inflated animals, many of his other works are inspired by the deserts of central Asia.
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