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The awakening of women's consciousness

xu hong

CAIJIN, Banana Plant Number 48, 1994, oil on canvas, 200 x 190 cm, courtesy the artist.

Women artists are recorded in the history of Chinese art, but their status is measured according to their association with men. Invariably, they are described as the wife, relation or daughter of so and so. Through extant women's literary work, notations, paintings and calligraphy it is possible to gain further insight into the creative practice of women. In the past, with the exception of embroidery, thereā€¦

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