Hou’s works are autobiographical, for both visual practice and theoretical research. A sort of personal mythology or, some may describe as, micro-historical investigation. Hou uses personal experiences as subjects to portray his life and things that are around it. These portraits often respond to social relational issues and propagate certain universality. All projects focus on the examination of people, namely, the translation of their concerns into performative sculptures, texts or installations. The implementation of self-representation is extremely important to Hou that he creates portraits of it and through this process Hou tries to investigate and clarify fundamental concepts by which the individual and the world can be understood.