Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust
Xiong Xiaotong (Macao, China)
Mixed media
70 x 70 cm x1、35 x 45 cm x 2、20 x 25 cm x 2、12 x 12 x 3 cm x 2

To some extent, keeping animal bones after eating is her unconscious imitation of the primitive behavior. It also serves as a spiritual connection with her ancestors. The author scatter the bones randomly, letting them fall on the wet, soft soil, and then visually record their random arrangement.  The accidentally formed patterns might be somehow predictive, conveying an hidden message: man and all creatures in the world seemingly cannot escape the inevitability of fate. We can find in the soil traces of everything that once existed. It seems to constitute the best collection, the best statistical sample, as we shall eventually return to dust.

Xiong Xiaotong
Born in 2000 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, and raised in its Jianghan Plains, Xiong Xiaotong graduated from the Bachelor of Visual Arts program of the Faculty of Arts and Design, the Macao Polytechnic University in 2023, majoring in printmaking. She was awarded the Scholarship for Outstanding Students in 2019/2022. She is deeply interested in topics related to life, history, and nature, and likes to reflect on the position of human beings in the contemporary society through the reproduction of personal memories.

location: University of Macau Museum of Art
01/09/2023 - 05/11/2023