RESHAPING FEMALE BODY AND BEAUTY with Su Yang

RESHAPING FEMALE BODY AND BEAUTY with Su Yang

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

Google Maps - https://tinyurl.com/yaq3n92z

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




Also in Exhibition News

Thierry and Antoine Faure's Winter Exhibition
Thierry and Antoine Faure's Winter Exhibition

December 20, 2021

Thierry Faure and his son Antoine are holding a family exhibition showcasing their artworks across a variety of themes from animals to abstract, as well scenes taken from the social interactions around music. Their gallery is situated in the north of France. So, if in the area be sure to pop by for this visual feast. Full details below. 

Read More

European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona
European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona

October 28, 2021

The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) is housed in a 18th century mansion, with artworks spread over three floors. The Museum features works by artists from the 20th and 21st century, containing a collection of artworks that includes Art-Deco, contemporary figurative art, modern sculpture including 20th century Catalan sculptures too.

Read More

Tate Britain
Tate Britain

October 22, 2021

Back in 1897 when Tate Britain opened to the public, it was a single site museum with a collection of British artworks, albeit quite small in size. Since its inception it has continued to go from strength to strength. It now has four different sites and contains 70,000 artworks from both within the United Kingdom and globally. For artlovers living or indeed visiting London it is must see on the cultural tour of London.

Read More