Su Yang is a Chinese feminist artist and feminist art researcher. She is currently doing her Ph.D. research at the University of Melbourne in Australia.
Since Su Yang’s ten years old, she had been trained by her father on drawing and painting according to the same way of traditional European academy of art. Later she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Design from Tsinghua University in China, and as a student there she studied painting, drawing, sculpture, glass art, graphic design, and lacquer art.
Su Yang started her Feminist and Cosmetic Surgery series and combined her interest in feminist perspectives and the philosophy of the body in her art practice during her M.F.A. study at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the USA. She related cosmetic surgery to the foot-binding that occurred in the Chinese Qing Dynasty and argued that both procedures aim to make the female body conform to the patriarchal idea of beauty.
After graduation, Su Yang relocated Australia to do the art practice-led Ph.D. research at the University of Melbourne. Her research focus has been shifted to representing women in feminist aesthetics.
Su Yang, Double Faces Pre & Post Cosmetic Surgery-3, oil on canvas, 112 × 163 cm, 2016