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(Chinese, b. 1974)
Silk: plain weave, painted with ink and colors
28 x 18 x 5 cm (11 x 7 1/16 x 1 15/16 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 2017.64
© Peng Wei
Spotlight on a New Generation: Contemporary Chinese Artists (Chinese art rotation)
Peng Wei is a contemporary female artist whose work demonstrates a refined elegance and unique aesthetic. The soles of this pair of shoes, made of transparent silk, are painted with erotic scenes that refer to the past, showing female figures with bound feet. The ballerina-style shoes, however, reflect a modern and more liberal way of living. The work’s title, Good Things Come in Pairs (haoshi chengshuang), is a Chinese proverb. It can also be read as an allusion to the Chinese philosophical principle that when the forces of yin and yang—or male and female—are in balance, harmony and order are achieved.
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