17 Oct - 13 Nov, 2008
Peng Di’s 2001 “+ -” series, in which she presents her seductive youthful body in a realist style and a variety of poses, marks the beginning of her study of urbanites. If her earlier works were artistic transformations of the urban material environment, then “+ -” focuses more narrowly on the human being, and more specifically the female body.
Peng Di revealed in an interview that fashion magazines and photography were the inspiration for the series. Having gleaned a large amount of material from fashion publications, she was struck by the importance of the ideal female body and appearance as a subject in mass culture, and the realisation that many women are willing to pay large sums of money for plastic surgery. In addition to this source of inspiration, for the professional sculptor, the female body holds an undisputable seductive power capable of captivating not only men’s, but also women’s, attention. At the same time, her sculptures exhibit the age-old subject matter and themes of the Renaissance, and thus simultaneously display the contrasting characteristics of realism and tradition.