Claudia Chanhoi

Claudia’s work is based on her personal experience as a heterosexual woman in modern world dating, and her view on female sexuality along with humor and sarcasm. Behind her colorful cartoon-based images, there is always a simple message or a lighthearted joke. The caption is a very important element to the imagery because she believes a piece of good work is not only visually interesting, but it also needs to serve a purpose.

In 2013, she started her university final project on "Sexual Objectification of Women" at London College of Communication. 3 years later, she decided to continue the project and started posting her illustration work regularly on Instagram (@brainxeyes) as her self-expression. In the early stage, Instagram removed her illustration work several times because it was a female body part. That was why in the beginning of her work, she was always trying to get passed Instagram's ban and pushing the boundaries. (Work such as "Scenery" series)

Exhibitions:

2017 – Art Fair, Aqua Art Miami, Miami, USA

2017 – Solo Exhibition, Tranter-Sinni Gallery, Miami, USA

2017 – Group Exhibition, Omeara, curated by SASS, London, UK

2017 – Solo Exhibition, Fashaddict, London, UK

Claudia's background:

Growing up in a Hong Kong Chinese Catholic family, she was taught female sexuality is passive and vulnerable. Sexual behavior is almost sinful outside marriage.

After leaving all-girls Catholic school (and Sunday school) at the age of 12, sex was widely introduced everywhere. Female bodies have been broadly used as a sex object to sell everything because of gender inequality. However, some modern women or celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj objectify and sexualize themselves as "an expression of their empowerment over men". Also, some female artists use their female body to celebrate female sexual power in order to receive more sexual freedom from our society and to push the perceived gender boundaries.

“I am just so fascinated by the shifting perspective and the shifting power. Since the start of modern feminism, we have gone a long way towards liberating women's sexuality. Younger women have, to an unprecedented extent, been empowered to believe they can be as sexual as they like and to voice out and to express their desires as they wish.“

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