Sun Ping, an artist recently expelled from the China Artists Association (CAA) his vaginal calligraphy artwork, has responded to criticism leveled at him by the press.
Sun Ping, a 63-year-old artist from Heilongjiang, had been a member of the CAA since 1985. He had been experimenting with the intimate performance art piece since first creating “Unknown Tao” in 2006, featuring a half naked woman writing out Chinese texts with a calligraphy brush in her vagina.
Chinese media outlets have declared Sun’s work “vulgar” and say that it is an affront to traditional Chinese society and the art of calligraphy.
Sun has since penned an open letter in which he called out the “untruthfulness and misdirection” of the CAA and the media. He claims that he has been banned from expressing his thoughts on the issue and that lies had been published about his work.
“I was very surprised to see my name going all over the place on media, and my first reaction was laughter,” Sun said. “I felt honored to have a governmental organisation remembering me, but ever since I began to do contemporary art in the late 80s, I never had anything to do with them.”
“The membership was just like a dead body, and I would like to thank them for kicking me out,” Sun continued. “Most of the main stream media lean to the association’s side writing negative journals and exaggerate the untruthfulness about me and my work.”
At the time, many netizens supported the CAA’s decision to revoke Sun’s membership, saying that they were shocked by his art:
“I just want to know why you can’t write with your hand,” wrote @鸡米宝.
“[His membership] is finally cancelled. Sun Ping is such an old man already, just continue following tradition. Why do you have to invent ‘sexual calligraphy.’ This is too vulgar,” wrote @July-Chen7.
If you also think it’s too vulgar, definitely don’t watch the following video:
By Amy Yang