Using broken pieces of porcelain purchased from archaeological digs, some dating from the Ming Dynasty, Chinese artist Li Xiaofeng creates wearable costumes which he calls “rearranged landscapes” for their ability to tell a story. To create his wearable works, Xiaofeng shapes and polishes found shards then drills holes into each corner in order to link them together using silver wire. Details in the porcelain reveal political, social and cultural changes in China’s history, both ancient and contemporary.

Born in Hubei City, Xiaofeng trained as a muralist but turned to sculpture to explore a new concept and expression of Chinese landscapes. These finished pieces, which have been described as ‘post-orientalism’, usually take the form of clothing, including traditional Chinese dresses and jackets as well as neckties and military uniforms.

“Ceramics are used by the Chinese to eat rice. I break them into fragments to cover the human body, looking for the relation and the dialogue between the body and the shards. Both have to be compatible. Big or small, the shards must suit the form.”

 -Li Xiaofeng


Li Xiaofeng Porcelain DressH/T: Hi-Fructose Magazine