an artwork by 2014 Wimbledon student

lisa classmate1 lisa classmate2 lisa classmate3 This artwork by a 2014 student in UAL Wimbledon. ‘She is a Chinese Fine Artist who is interested in using video, photography and projection in her practice. Her works are about distorting the face by physical manipulation. They reflect the theme of the feminine struggle with power. She has researched the relationship between female beauty and power. She attempt to examine how ideas of beauty control people’s ideal self and how the contradictions and confinements of problematic situations restrict women.As her starting point, her work attempted to define beauty and ugliness in female faces using celebrity portraits and artist self-portraits. She made a series of female faces drawn on elastic materials (fabric, plastic, etc). By filming the stretching processes and recording how ‘beauty’ can be ‘destroyed’ or ‘rebuilt’. She examined the construction of this concept.In her later video work, her projected female faces (Her own faces and the combination face of her mother and her) onto her abdomen, meanwhile she wore the silk and was tearing the way out of. It symbolized the beauty across ages and generations. The powerful motions and the double images reflect the contradiction between beauty and ugliness, inner and outer, reality and the ideal. Also this work points out to the restriction from a long history of female generation, reflects the female get rid of matrix to rebuild themselves and unavoidable to continue the circulation of female’s life.She also using overlay photography and moving image animations of emotional self portraits that throw a contemporary look at Cubism and Expressionism, using historical art forms to simultaneously question identity and the self. Later, she would continue to test out more possibilities of the projector, using projection to discover the special visual effect for reflecting feminine issues.’

I like this expressive form very much.  The combination of photography, video and projection, which are an effective art form. I am influenced by this artwork.  Artist uses several balloons as a medium also is a very clever idea concerning different stages of portraits are quite vivid. At the same time, artist chooses portrait and self-portrait to present the topic of identity also is a powerful way.


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