We Are Fishes On the Chopping Block, 2019, HD Video, 2:39
Wang Chen's video work We Are Fishes On The Chopping Block is her first artwork after graduating from Mater of Fine Art. Chen aims to use her unique performance and the stylised colouring of the scene to represent her hardships of being an artist in the "real world" in the current state of life, namely financial difficulties, withering inspiration and lack of autonomy in the workplace.
The inspiration for this video comes from an ancient Chinese proverb, "being fish on the chopping block (人為刀俎,我為魚肉)", as well as the live fish sold in plastic packaging in the Chinese fish market for people who want to enjoy freshly prepared food.