Whenever old tradition comes up against contemporary life, the intermingling often creates an rich new type of expression. Xiyadie did precisely this when he used the ancient tradition of papercutting to express the hidden life of the homosexual.
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Hrag Vartanian
Published: 22 May 2012, Hyperallergic
|Xiyadie, "Natural Pleasures" (nd), 14 x 14 inches (all works courtesy the artist and used with his permission)|
LOS ANGELES — Being different is never easy, more so when you live in an infamously restrictive and conservative Communist Chinese society. Born in a farming village of the Shaanxi province, Xiyadie (a nom de plume meaning “Butterfuly in Siberia”) turns traditional paper-cut art into colorful, risqué pieces dealing with gay love and life. [read more]