My work focuses on unmarried women over the age of 27 referred to as ‘Leftover Women’ in China. This provocative term is an inescapable gender disparagement and discrimination in Chinese post-modern society. My work depicts the psychological states of those called leftover females who are under the pressure of balancing marriage, child-rearing, and their careers.
I began my work by taking photos of my female friends. These images are grounded in personal sorrow, bitterness, and affection. My paintings employ contradictions as a means of raising questions about what it means to be a female in the world and reveal the overlooked in their emotional sensitivity and complexity. Based on my personal identity, my canvas is intimate and private, rendered with loose brush strokes, intense colors, and dripping texture.