Installation (Tree), 2020
plaster, wire, LED light, photographs
site specific installation, dimensions variable
Xiaoli Zhou uses a combination of sculpture, photography, and installation to represent gender-based discrimination. Her sculptural miniatures within the larger installation create two distinct views to consider the piece. Particularly, The Body 3 resists the male gaze by utilizing a decapitated body with a twisted arm. She disrupts our interpretations of the female body and thoughts about gender stereotypes and how these ideas can be morphed and shaped into various aspects of one’s identity. The black and white images audaciously confront the viewer with the starkness of objectification. These figures create an uncanny sensation through which the viewer can interpret their thoughts about identity.
Xiaoli Zhou’s work appears in Imperfect In Its Cracks: Fragments Of Memory And Identity.