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CARDBOARD SCULPTURES BY WARREN KING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Warren King is an American artist who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. King has been working on a collection of life­sized figures constructed from cardboard.

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The impetus for this body of work came after King visited his grandparents’ small village in China for the first time. After meeting elderly residents who had known his grandfather, the artist began to reflect upon their shared history, memories, and a sense of relation which has stayed with King ever since.

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When Warren left his own home in the U.S. and moved to Stockholm, the connection to his grandfather and the lost relations from this village accompanied him. With a heightened awareness of the time and distance that comes with being far away from home while creating home anew, King has often found himself reflecting on “the nature of personal and cultural connections, the consequences of severing them, and the limits to how much they can ultimately be restored”.

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