The Skeletons in the Closet
2021 - 2022
Exploring self-identity through the Chinese familial traditions and moral standards from the former generations through a Western perspective is a key theme in my art practice. In this project, The Skeletons In The Closet, I continue to focus on reflecting on my response towards a family trauma in 2016, the year of my grandma’s departure. This event has triggered a sense of questioning about my role and gender in family relations. I have placed my work within a set of Chinese folktales called 24 Paragons of Filial Piety as visual metaphors to elaborate my point. In this work, I perform various bodily gestures in the images to indicate my subversive attitude towards authority, such as the hidden use of the middle finger and the display of deliberately inappropriate acts. I am also interested in discovering my identity as a female through exposing my naked body in front of the camera- this is also constituting a subversive process. Using a surrealist approach to the aesthetic of my photo collages, I am looking to create the feeling of a subversive fantasy that would never be possible in real life.