Date of Award

Spring 6-6-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Rachel Berwick

Second Advisor

Jocelyne Prince

Third Advisor

Jennifer Wen Ma


I was born into a physical body of flesh and bone, so I thought that I was one with it. As a carrier of my mind and soul, I believed that it was singular to me; that I had full ownership of it. So, why was I refusing womanhood? Was this devaluation of women a legacy? Was this a legacy unique to Chinese women?

As a woman born and raised in a metropolitan center in China, I proceeded through childhood and adolescence questioning my power as a woman. Feminine maturity and the societal pressure to follow the expectation of being a woman gave rise to a problematic schism— my changing biological reality led to a subconscious self-discrimination against my gender identification.

On one hand, my viewpoint as an artist functions as a strategy for the recognition and legitimization of my studio practice, but it is also a way to make the silenced suffering of countless Chinese women visible. This thesis is deconstructing my legacy of devaluation and an extended exploration of loss.


View exhibition online: Fan Su, Unfold the body

Included in

Glass Arts Commons



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