Zhuang Hui has always been motivated by humanist as well as aesthetic concerns. While his body of work spans a diverse range of materials and approaches, almost all engage with real events and places. Central to his work is firsthand experience of the political ideals that underpin the New China era, and which are slowly unravelling in the face of modernity.
Factory Floor is an astonishingly realistic reproduction of the machinery from ‘The East is Red Tractor Factory’ where the artist once worked. This silent factory floor has been deserted by the workers who have gone to the aid of an injured colleague. Hui uses this real interior ‘to speak about the new reality of the social climate today for the people it affects most.’ Workers from the factory created the individual components of this work, which are constructed from Polystyrene. ‘I love the idea of the final parts not being that which on the surface they appeared to be.’