In what may be an unusual statement against the patriarchy, Chinese artist Fan Xiaoyan has unveiled a new collection of sculptures of part-robotic, part-nude women at Seoul’s Opera Gallery.
Fan’s interpretation of the female body involves a striking merging of flesh and metal and an eye-brow raising quantity of phallic imagery and breasts.
The sculptures purportedly depict bionic women taking charge of hyper-masculine forms of labor while literally throwing off piles of needles and fabrics, traditionally women’s work — but what’s really strange here is that Fan simultaneously claims not to be a feminist (… sort of like how Henrik Ibsen wrote a whole play about a 19th century housewife ditching her patriarchal husband, but also claimed not to care about women’s rights).
Born in 1983 in Shandong’s Gaomi city, Fan graduated in 2008 from the Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She’s apparently mostly active in Korea and once collaborated with Korean artist Kwon Ki Soo in Hong Kong.
By Pinky Latt
[Images via Opera Gallery]