Shuo Hao: playing with metamorphoses Shuo Hao
With one foot in China and the other in France, Shuo Hao is developing a colorful body of work imbued with a rich iconography that combines Eastern and European influences. Originally from Baoding, this artist studied at the Beaux-Arts in Beijing before moving to France to pursue her studies at the Sorbonne (Paris) and the HEAR (Strasbourg). Whether she works in pastel or paint, the shapes she depicts and the colors she applies offer the eye a vaporous universe. The outlines of the half-human, half-animal figures that populate her canvases blend with the backgrounds to create a floating, evanescent whole. As for the pastel hues of her works, they create a striking contrast with the animality, and strangeness of the scenes represented. Painting mythological figures such as centaurs and a three-headed dog, or more realistic but no less symbolic figures such as a snake, a rabbit, or a rat, Shuo Hao recounts the metamorphoses of the living, the psychic, and the unconscious.