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At first glance, Hongbo’s sculptural scenes appear to be made of a soft or thin material such as paper, like his other sculptures. However, closer inspection reveals the artist’s incredible feat of transforming stiff, metal blades into shadowy scenes of animals and vegetation that pop out into the third dimension.

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Manipulating the metal as if it were paper, Hongbo makes tiny cuts directly into the blade. The image, be it a snake, human skeleton, or eagle, is then lifted or bent at a 90-degree angle away from the knife. The positive image hovers vertically, while the image’s negative space creates another view on the original blade, which remains horizontal on the display surface. The positive and negative spaces reflect each other, while creating the illusion of movement as the image reveals itself to its viewers.

Hongbo’s choice of subject matter is no accident. By depicting scenes of animals, hunting, and an implied death with the skeleton, the artist wants his audience to contemplate the consequences of consuming animals, using the knives as his art medium as a warning.

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