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Entry for the 9th Annual Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest. Opening Reception Thursday, March 02, 2023, Fleet Library, Main Reading Room. Juror: Andre Lee Bassuet.
artists' books; Baker & Whitehill
Book and Paper
Year of Graduation
Experimental and Foundation Studies
Faculty / Course
Martie Holmer, EFS Design Studio
Materials + Techniques
Laser cut on red paper
Inspired by the Yi-mou Zhang’s 1991 movie, Raise the Red Lantern depicts the deterioration of humanity under the persecutive feudal traditions in contemporary China. Embodying the style of traditional Chinese paper cut, the artist book forms the shape of a red lantern, which symbolizes rules and power that inevitably corrupt all. Starting from the forced marriage to a wealthy man as the third concubine, the protagonist — a young girl student, discovered that to survive in the household, she had to turn against her fellow concubines in the struggle of the master’s affection, wealth, and power. The situation inevitably leads to deception, jealous rages and the revelation of the monstrous and inhumane nature of patriarchy.
Li, Yuxuan; Collections, Special; and Library, Fleet, "Raise the Red Lantern" (2022). 9th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest 2023. 42.