Artist Statement of Su Yang

"My current art practice complements my creative artistic research that investigates the representation of women in China from the 1990's up to the present with feminism methodology. The art of my paintings, photographs and videos about but beyond unnecessary harmful non-therapeutic cosmetic surgeries questions the invisible ideologies that encourage women to conform their appearances to the ideal beauty in global consumerism, marketing and the patriarchal ideologies in Chinese Confucianism in China. These works are to challenge the hierarchical representations of women and the conventional definition of women’s art as to present femininity in contemporary Chinese art. My continuous feminist art project rebuilds the female images that have been utterly disrupted by patriarchal social, sexual, legal, cultural and religious structures."