Using cutouts of animals, trees, and people, Li has created a series of messages to warn society that it’s treading on a knife-edge, and being environmentally irresponsible. He believes that:
Human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.
By reminding viewers of both food and danger with the carved blade theme, Li links family and culture with the darker actions of man, and the cold sharp hollows they leave behind.
As with his paper series, the knives have been manipulated into different shapes and directions.
With the Chinese known for “eating almost everything that moves,” and the strong motif of the chopping knife, Li has managed to communicate his ideas on many levels.
Here are a selection of pieces, and you can see the rest in the video below.