Car (Train) 车 (火车), 1985
Xiyadie

Papercut with water-based dye and Chinese pigments on Xuan paper
176 x 176 cm

Xiyadie’s hand-dyed paper-cuts rework an ancient Chinese form to depict scenes of gay eroticism, between fantasy and the everyday. Traditionally, paper-cuts are hung on the panes of windows and doors as symbols of luck and happiness, to ward off evil spirits. This early work depicts the artist’s first gay experience with a man who worked on a train who later became his boyfriend. The rabbit symbolizes a guardian angel for homosexuals.

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