At the beginning I used photographs in medical books of the procedures of cosmetic surgeries to refer to. Later I used myself as the vehicle of my commentary and placed my body at the center of my photographs and videos. In some paintings I show the desensitized nature of reconstructive surgery and subsequent trauma and suffering of the body. In other paintings, photographs, and videos, I have reached further into a visual metaphor by merging the different images of the “patient” (myself made-up as a patient) before the surgery, in, and after the healing process.
My studio project questions the shifting socialized ideas of female beauty, refuses the stereotypes of the female images, and reframes the representations of women in Chinese culture and in contemporary Chinese art in particular.