As a graduate from the sculpture department of the Tainan National University of the Arts, Chang Chia-Chu created his Skin sculpture series to depict the human form in an evocative manner that underlines the transience of human life. Beginning in 2005, the artist moved away from using stone materials and focused on wood as his main medium. Embracing the uneven textures of aged and decayed wood, Chang enhances the material’s intrinsic properties in his sculptural forms. As realised in the present lot and another sculpture sold in these rooms, 6th April 2016, lot 2826, the artist’s signature of enhancement of perforated surfaces reveals human forms with a hollow and delicate appearance, suggesting the impermanence of the body and the inevitability of mortality. In the humanist tradition, Chang exhibits a commitment to deriving meaning from the natural world and a sensitivity to his materials that is beyond skin-deep.