My school was a very traditional private all-girls Catholic school. I was taught female sexuality is passive and vulnerable, women can’t really express their sexual desire otherwise it would seem too shameful and wrong. Sex to me was something that would never be performed until you are married and about to produce some babies with your husband. Honestly, at the time, I didn’t really have too much thought in it since I was still too young to understand what sexuality and sex actually mean. Once I got a bit older and started my puberty, I saw women’s bodies were widely used as a sex object and people around me started making comments on my appearance and it felt like it was a woman’s job to be sexually appealing and uphold all those beauty standards. I was confused and always felt not good enough to meet society’s expectations of what a woman should look like and behave. I guess that was the moment where I started asking questions about women’s roles and gender inequality. Especially I was taught women don’t display their sex appeal at school but from what I have experienced, the society has been using female bodies as a sex object. To me, women have never really had the ultimate control and ownership of their bodies. Few years later, I was in university, working on my final project, during the research process, I realised celebrities like Rihanna, Beyonce, use their sex appeal to celebrate female sexual power as a strong independent woman and to express their empowerment over men. I found it very liberating and fascinating about the whole shifting perspective!

My work is based on my personal experience as a heterosexual woman in modern world dating, and my view on female sexuality along with humour and sarcasm.

I like to sketch down the ideas and the visuals during my creative process. Most of the time, I can visualise the whole imagery quite quickly once I have a clear idea or message of what I want to say.

I guess being a leopard would be quite nice because they are such a beautiful creature on earth.

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