Lily Fei

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A Political Orgasm

Dimension: 48 x 50 inches
Year: 2018
Media: Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

Swimming Through Cubic Gates Year: 2018

Media: Single-Channel Video

A Political Orgasm II

Dimension: 48 x 60 inches
Year: 2018
Media: Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

Gaze

Dimension: 30 x 40 inches
Year: 2019
Media: Acrylic on canvas

Objectify Who? Discomfort Who?

Dimension: 36 x 48 inches
Year: 2019
Media: Acrylic on canvas

Objectify Who?

Dimension: 48 x 48 inches
Year: 2019
Media: Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas

Objectify Who? II

Dimension: 48 x 60 inches
Year: 2019
Media: Acrylic on canvas

Sex

Dimension: 36 x 48 inches
Year: 2019
Media: Acrylic on canvas

Artist Statement

Through my painting, acknowledging the distinction between “sexy” and “sexual” is critical.

When a woman is sexual, she is the subject of her own sexuality. As a painter, I reclaim female

sexuality as one’s own right. I work with the found erotic photos in which women were objectified to please men. I paint female bodies as if they were expressing their own sexuality by playing with layers and using expressive brushstrokes to reverse the perception of the imagery.

I alter connotations that come with female sexuality such as pornography and objectification and indicate it is something more than a social construct. I aim to change the consistent narrative

that female sexuality comes from women’s physical and sexual appeal to others, and not from

women’s own desire. I adapt the gesture of action painting, trying to work with these seemingly

inappropriate imageries, not to certify the objectification of women, but to reclaim female

sexuality as one’s own right.