Zhu Jinshi’s ‘boat’ is part of 28 Chinese, the current exhibition at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami. The installation is constructed from 8,000 sheets of folded rice paper supported by bamboo. Thin cotton threads gracefully suspend the 12-meter-long cylindrical design.
The piece is a metaphor for ‘a journey,’ signified by its tunnel-like interior as well as its title. When ‘boat’ was exhibited at Art13 London, it was perceived as illustrating the entrance of Chinese culture into the global arena. However, the piece could also symbolize the journey from life to death, or Zhu’s own journey as an individual and artist.