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Secret de Boudoir Series

, 2013-14

Feminine Landscape by Hong Wai, 2013-2014, Ink on silver Xuan paper

Feminine Landscape by Hong Wai, 2013-2014, Ink on silver Xuan paper

« Secret de Boudoir Series — Even though the Secret de Boudoir series represent symbols of womanhood into her paintings, there are more intentions to break the image and ideology of a so-called “Chinese woman”. They are more erotic from the eyes of men how to view the torso of woman probing the secret of lust. Through the lace of transparent clothing, our eyes are opened by a stroke of a brush, the brightness of interwoven delicate lines.

Hong Wai leads us to a secret garden, where she re-recreates to challenge what we think about the boundary of society, in which we have lived without any doubt for ages. “  

From the curator text “Landscape of Mind —-Au Claire de La Lune”, Emerson Kun-Sheng Wang

Through the use of Chinese ink and paper, and images strongly suggesting the feminine world, I question masculine power.

Traditionally, Chinese ink painting was a solely male playing field. The literati Chinese official class decided the theme of the painting: mountains and rivers, or landscapes, which represent their philosophy of harmony between nature and man. Through their art, they aimed to illustrate the splendid images of the imperial country. These landscape masterpieces are imperial China’s official art collection from the Five Dynasties (907 AD) through to modern times.

Instead of representing virtue through the traditional Chinese fashion, I choose to express and illustrate femininity with contemporary, unconventional images. My mountain and river landscapes become interlaced lingerie; the ode to heaven and earth become an ode to sensuous, hidden and inescapable “yin”.

—in Hong Wai, artist: “I bring the contemporary woman in Chinese ink painting”


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