If I Were


Chinese artist Cao Hui challenges conventional perception of inanimate objects by re-imagining their innards as something more than the inorganic materials used to compose their exterior.

When fully assembled, the artist’s modular sculptures appear to be like any other finely crafted structure, but it’s upon dismantling the piece that one notices the insides replicating the color and texture of raw meat. Cao gives life to a dead object with his constructed illusion, which is actually made of resin. With his works, Cao draws new attention to classic Roman or Grecian pieces of art. Though most recognize its beauty and don’t dispute its significance in art history, such works can often go overlooked in the contemporary world. As such, Cao integrates his unusual yet realistic ‘organs’ to offer something new while drawing the eye.

All images © Cao Hui

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