The cultural values of Chinese women are deeply influenced by traditional Chinese thinking. Women in ancient China had to learn and obey the rules from the Four Books for Women, which are Admonitions for Women, Women’s Analects, Domestic Lessons, and Sketch of a Model for Women. From ancient times to the present, Chinese women have to obey and assist their husbands. The responsibility of women to bear children and to take care of the family has caused gender stereotypes in contemporary society under the influence of traditional thinking. The conservative, shy and introverted character of many Chinese women is also influenced by traditional Chinese thinking. Western cultures advocated the values of democracy and equality since the feminist movement began to gradually change women’s social status and thoughts. But gender inequality still exists.
Western art and design ideas spread from the West to China in 1940, but China did not take it seriously due to conservative thoughts. Therefore, Chinese art thought lags behind Western countries and Chinese designers and artists are generally not respected enough. China has a low-respect attitude towards women, and many women designers with the labels of “woman” and “designers” will mentally suffer more than men. At the same time, they are also under the pressure of conservative views on family and worries about aging.I have interviewed 7 female designers and artists from different cultural backgrounds and got inspiration from their stories to create my work. That is one of work.
Woman of Tomorrow
My professional confidence comes from winning some awards when I was young. When I grow up, I enjoy that the people around me are people with interesting thinking, and everyone is an independent and unique individual. I fall in love with art because it can visualize my thoughts. I really enjoy my ability to visualize my stories so that people can empathize with or understand me. My parents are not like traditional Chinese parents, I will communicate with them and take them out to travel to learn about other wonderful things in the world. They don’t like to limit me, and they don’t like to confine my thinking to a box. They hope that I can enjoy my work and my life. They said they would not stop me doing what I love or ask me to do anything in particular. They said, “Of course we will not pull you down. We will let you stand on our shoulders. We will definitely support you chasing your dream. ”