I had a lot of dolls when I was a kid, including Barbie dolls. I loved the movement of the dolls and all the tiny accessories they had. However, my dolls were given away by my parents after I grew older. When I saw the beautiful dolls made by Marina Bychkova, the memory suddenly resurfaced. In a moment of inspiration, I decided to make dolls with metal.
The current series I am working on is about my own struggle with my identity as a female Asian who is always facing conflicts and challenging the cultural expectations of her parents and society. The struggle originates from my westernized thoughts contrasting the traditional Chinese thinking I have received since I was born. I am eager for freedom, but my identity as an Asian demands restricted behaviors. This circumstance led me to choose dolls as characters for my work.
Dolls epitomize the owner’s control; the doll is an object that the owner can manipulate, similar to how Asian parents always want to set up a path for their children and try to force them into it.Therefore, in constructing my own dolls, I regain authority over this process of identity construction, while symbolically conveying how manipulatable this character is.