Seated Three Graces
classical western art busts asian bodies. formal ideals of beauty and art makes take second look. not a hair not a freckle. east west wonder. what is. art is.
Artist: Debbie Han, the 2009 Sovereign Asian Art Prize
"She she criticized the art education system in Korea, which required students to make exact copies of classical European figures, such as Venus de Milo, as part of their applications to universities. ‘It’s once again like worshiping… the Western standard.. and passing it down as art…“I’m an Asian woman and I had to do that since no one was doing that. Everyone is pressuring Asian women to conform to the Western standards. Someone has to come and justify and validate the beauty and existence of Asian beauty as it is, not in a didactic way but in a way that can be revealing’ the 41-year-old artist said." - Korea Times 3/3/10
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