I am very interested in performance art. I want to use the body as a medium to create a strong voice in society. The masters of ‘Body Art” Marina Abramovic and Pina Bausch inspire me because they use the body as a medium to create this strong voice. My work is essentially about human rights (like Ai Wei Wei) and I use my body as a voice in different cultures and places.
I utilise photography and video to record my performances. I like to experiment with different levels of nudity and body expression in different locations of the world. My motivation stems from living in China and feeling very constrained within this society; yet realizing there are many levels of freedom and restriction in different cultures too.
I look at how the self-portrait can reveal social issues about identity and the restriction of women. By using humour and reaction I seek to connect with the audience.
Within my nude performances I mainly show the lower part of the body and exclude the face and torso area. As a woman I want to take away the usual areas of attraction (face and breasts) to give myself a female liberation, but in a controlled way that is balancing. My videos and performances show mostly legs and the vagina area to try and create a strong symbol of an iconic female voice. I have used the Statue of Liberty as an iconic symbol to support my ideas and actions with meaning and power. This is a practical process of creating female silhouettes attaching myself and mimicing well-known landmarks. By Using these recognizable symbols I can promote what I am trying to do and say.. But what does my iconic symbol mean within a society and to the audience who interacts with my artwork?
At the beginning my core idea was to research myself, to open myself up and to find the power of my self within. I want to create art for myself by defining humanity, exploring culture and society, re-evoking the energy of the extremities of the body, to test the endurance, ego and the artistic identity. I connect myself with my inner self and then I connect with society.
As a Chinese young woman I am interested in liberating myself because of the history of China. It has a 5000 year old history that is very heavy. Because it is very difficult to liberate ourselves from the past traditions and thinking. This I can see in my family, and my family tree leading to the new generation. How globalization affects the new generation of Chinese people. How can the Chinese can find value of the individual self? The politics in China means that the people are all about being in a community and a group. In Chinese culture it is not about being an individual, especially if you are a woman. Therefore this becomes the important quest for me to find my own identity. This is the motivation for me to travel the world. To find the possibility of being an individual.
Body artists claimed their own bodies as a medium and a metaphor for the relationship between the self and the other.The issue for the body artist of the 1970s was mainly the investigation of the body as a medium for art and for life. What is its political possibility and limitation? My work is about actions, energy, connection, the human within the art. For me, art is cathartic and healing. Yet I also want to use art as a voice. I use the female body to express an idea of connection. My work is concerned with political and feminist issues, even if I am not exactly aware of how I am doing so and in what way.
I use iconic landmarks and incorporate them into my nude performance. This makes something that is extreme into something normal for the audience. I use the famous and commercial icons to make my serious issues humorous and acceptable. Performance for me is about human rights connection, communication, concentration, energy, and healing and touching others using humour and symbolism .That is a soul's work for myself and everyone.