Paintings, Dreams and Love - PhMuseum

Paintings, Dreams and Love

Yushi Li

2018 - Ongoing

London, England, United Kingdom

By looking at certain classical paintings in art history, I try to reflect on these representations of the female body and the staging of erotic desire to make my own portrayal of desired body. My desire, dreams and love for the desired body are illustrated in a photographic form, using animals and fantastic settings to imply the unconscious dimension of these scenes. In the resulting photographs, I take the more dominant and powerful role in the scene, regardless of its sex. By taking an active rather than passive role in my work, instead of simply reversing the gender roles, I try to intervene within existing representations of erotic desire to question the dichotomy of active men and passive women that has been broadly embedded in art history.

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  • The Feast - 1, 2020

  • The Feast - 2, 2020

  • The Death of Actaeon, 2020

  • The Veil - 1, 2019

  • The Veil - 2, 2019

  • The Lovers, 2020

  • The Nightmare, 2019

  • The Dream of the Fisherwoman - 1, 2018

  • The Dream of the Fisherwoman - 2, 2018