Me, Myself and I - Hannag

Me, Myself and I (November 2019)

Acrylic painting on wood

120cm x 120cm

This self-portrait is based on Chinese traditional painting . It explores my own identity and inner strength. The dominating patterned background represents my culture and was inspired by white & blue porcelain. I used red, white and black colors to convey simplicity and power. The overwhelming size of the patterned background above the portrait creates a visual connection communicating my self-identity, but in parallel, in Chinese society, everyone has to have their own potential and follow their own path.



Me, Myself and I (2)  - Hannah

Me, Myself and I (2) (January 2020)

Acrylic painting on wood

120cm x 220cm

This painting combines a self-portrait and a decorative dragon. In Chinese culture, Dragons are very powerful and positive, so I chose it to be in the background of my painting for more prominence as a symbol of power.  Yet, my portrait is in front of the dragon in color, to show my personal strength.  It is connected to my feelings about living independently, I chose to paint on a big wood panel because I wanted to create a strong visual effect.



Me, Myself and I (3) - Hannah

Me, Myself and I (3) (March 2020)

Acrylic painting on wood

120cm x 98cm

Koi fish represent luck, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture, and many people keep koi in their homes and gardens for good luck. I placed my self-portrait in the background, because I wanted it to look like the fish were floating around me in the water. I chose to paint the background gold because I wanted to create a feeling of luxury and opulence, like fine silk. I also wanted to show that people have an idea about how others are, but they do not know what they think and feel on the inside, or that their life can be hard.  And this is a large format piece because I wanted the Koi fish to connect with the viewer.



Self-portrait - Hannah

Self-portrait (March 2020) 

Ceramics and plaster

25 x 19 x 20 cm

This is my first self portrait through sculpture.  I tried to make it as realistic as possible.  I was using a mirror whilst sculpting, and I wanted to see if I could use my self portrait to show emotion.  I sculpted my eyes to look like a black hole, and I sculpted my head to be looking at an angle or tilted, as if looking at situations in a new way. To me it represents my confusion for the future . Also I was inspired by Jean Baptiste Seckler, a French sculptor.  I was inspired by his wax works and the realism he uses in his work.

Self-portrait  - Hannah



Mother - Hannah

Mother (December 2018)

Ceramics and plaster

27 x 19 x 19 cm

This is a pregnant woman's upper body and my purpose is to express celebrating motherhood. The surface of the sculpture is very smooth but for the belly I smashed the area and kept jagged parts to symbolise the woman’s suffering from giving birth. The shape of my sculpture is inspired by RON MUECK’s work and also MARC QUINN’s Alison Lapper sculpture. I pressed words into my sculpture, to express the message that pregnancy gives women the chance to create life, but that this involves suffering.

Mother - Hannagh



Peking Opera Faces - Hannah

Peking Opera Faces (June 2019) 

Face painting, photograph

60cm x 42cm x 3 & 30cm x 21cm x 3

This is a series of photographs of face paintings, with the different facial designs from the Peking Opera where each design represents a different character from Chinese History. I chose to paint on Western faces, because I wanted the photos to capture the culture of Peking Opera but also show the mix of cultures. I used acrylic to paint on a classmate’s face and took photos in different styles, and then I edited these on Photoshop to give a dramatic message of cultures melting together.

PekingOperaFaces - Hannah



Reform and open up - Hannah

Reform and open up (October 2019)

Digital photograph

84cm x 60cm

These self-portrait photos are edited using Photoshop and with traditional media, including painting and monoprint with Chinese characters using red chalk pastels. I wanted to create a photo collage in black and white to show a relationship with the past, and mirroring this to flip the image into the present.  The three colors make a strong impact and convey the feeling of freedom being imprisoned.

The Chinese characters mean ‘Reform and open up’ which was the program of Chinese economic reform introduced in 1978. I believe that China must still reform and open up.



Hannah’s love, freedom, sex and resistance - Hannah

Hannah’s love, freedom, sex and resistance (February 2020)

Digital photography with calligraphy 

42cm x 30cm

This is a combination of four photos of myself, and has Chinese calligraphy writing on each of them.  Each image has a different Chinese word: love, freedom, sex, resistance. These words are linked to what I feel are sensitive topics in China. The photo uses a vintage style filter,which is inspired by the chemical developing process of the Daguerreotype, which distorts the image. The message behind this work is to encourage people to reflect on these modern topics and discuss them, especially in China where people are afraid to speak their mind.



Maya - Hannah

Maya (December 2019)


84cm x 60cm

This is a digital photograph in which I used my model’s face as a canvas, adding color through makeup, and I took photos and retouched them by adding filters and text. I made the repetition of the faces, to express Intense, intent emotions.I felt as though I could see the thoughts in her mind through the eyes. The words mean ‘girl’s era’ because I feel  women are finally being listened to and heard, and they are coming out of the shadows and into the spotlight.This work is inspired by BARBARA KRUGER.

Stop slaughter - Hannah

Stop slaughter (May 2019)

Wood, Acrylic paint

60 x 40 cm (x 4) each

Stop slaughter explores the idea of protecting nature, and animal rights. This is a series of 4 paintings of tigers. I cut 2 different stencils of tigers , and then I used the stencils to create 4 versions in red and white. I made a red handprint on one of them, which represents the idea that we should reject the killing of  animals for non-essential needs. ANDY WARHOL’s screen print works inspired me the most, especially when he used repeated images with different colors to express his messages.