October 18, 2018

Chinese artist Su Yang is a feminist art scholar and an artist working in painting, drawing, photography and video. Yang is currently doing her PhD research in visual art at The University of Melbourne, where she is an academic assistant there in Australia. She received her MFA in painting from the State University of New York at Buffalo in the USA in 2014 and BA in design from Tsinghua University in China in 2010.

Exhibition Dates:  26th October, 2018 to 17th November 2018

Opening Reception - 6pm to 8pm, Friday, 26th October, 2018

Venue: "Alternating Current Art Space", 

248 High Street, Windsor, Victoria, Australia

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About the Exhibition - 

My current creative artistic research aims to investigate the ideologies that encourage many young Chinese women to undergo unnecessary even harmful non-therapeutic cosmetic surgery to conform their appearances to the dominant standards of “the ideal female beauty” in current Chinese society. This in-depth study complements my own paintings, photographs, and videos, in which I present the visible impulse of these invisible ideologies that have begun to change women’s bodies.

"Facelift", Su Yang, Oil on Canvas, 170cm x 147cm, 2014


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.

To view Su's full online collection - The Online Art Gallery of Su Yang

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