Feminist/ Feminine Aesthetic: Cosmetic Surgery and Representing Woman
Visual Gallery, The University of Melbourne, Australia, Mar 14th – 19th, 2016
My research during 2015 – 2016 aims to investigate the influences on the representations of women in contemporary Chinese art from feminist perspectives. The study focuses specifically on the representation of the female form, how it reflects changing notions of beauty and how the achievement of ideal beauty, through forms of the unnecessary, even harmful nontherapeutic cosmetic surgery is achieved.
The research questions for this study are: What are the influences on contemporary Chinese artists representing woman and women in art? How or whether does feminism or feminist art theory affect the representation of women being produced by domestic Chinese artists and overseas Chinese artists? This in-depth study will complement her paintings, drawings, and photographs on questions of beauty and cosmetic surgery amongst Chinese women.
I started my Feminist and Cosmetic Surgery Series and combined it with the philosophy of feminism during my MFA study at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the USA. While pursuing my Ph.D. degree at the University of Melbourne, I became interested in the gender representation in the feminist art theory. As a young Chinese feminist artist, for thwarting the “ideal beauty” for Chinese male gaze, I want to build new forms of representing women in contemporary Chinese art.