Artist Statement

“I miss winter. I really miss winter. This piece is made of wax to remind me of winter. It is the same color and texture as snow.”

“I used people’s hands to work for me.”

“My hand is my tool.”

Hongtao Zhou   |   Madison, Wisconsin

I miss winter. I really miss winter. This piece is made of wax to remind me of winter. It is the same color and texture as snow. Wisconsin used to be really cold, with snow and ice. But right now, winter is like summer.

My hand is my tool. But this object wasn’t completed 100 percent by my hands. I melted the wax in a hotpot, in kitchenware. And I used other people’s hands to make the chair. I used people’s hands to work for me. We made this chair in Milwaukee, as a public art project. In a way, the tool is the crowd; other people’s hands. Many artists are no longer working with their own hands. Things may not be 100% satisfactory for these objects because they lose control over their work.