Hu Xiaoyuan’s artistic pursuit of impeccability is exquisite enough to be practically obsessive. In her installations and paintings, the artist reinterprets the connotation of art in a more palpable way . She remains detached from dialectics about meanings and concepts, heading instead towards subtle daily experiences. Hu’s early works, such as Mine (2004),A Keepsake I Cannot Give Away (2005-2006), Those Times (2006, showcased at Kassel Documenta 12), are elaborately made from a variety of materials, including hair, old cloth, Braille, which signify abundant emotions and express personal volition. Since 2008, when she finished her Muted, Summer Solstice, and Wood series, she has consciously kept a distance from her previous style, taking up rational investigation into linguistic forms and repetitive experiments to reexamine the relations between subjects and forms. In 2010, the visual expressions in her video artworks edge toward maturity and ease, representing a more distinct style.