Detail of gold wallpaper of Ben Sloat's exhibition

Sinovision: Ben Sloat's 'The Pearls That Were His Eyes'

Sinovision spoke with artist-in-residence Ben Sloat about his exploration of identity, individuality, and commodity in his exhibit, The Pearls That Were His Eyes.

Ben discusses his discovery of the golden wallpaper — the centerpiece of the exhibit — on his last trip to Beijing in a hutong-style hotel, and the image of the Father of Modern China, Deng Xiaoping, through a stamp on a package from China, as well as how the wallpaper, in a traditional, scroll-like format, depicts a traditional scene while the factory-produced Deng Xiaoping paintings are a literal interpretation of the sea change that occurred in 1990s China.

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