Liu Xiaofeng chooses subjects for her paintings that evoke luxury and eroticism. Her staged still lives of the series *Body* show female beauty and allurement. Liu Xiaofeng chooses not to include the faces of her characters and allows the view to fill in the missing parts. The images of female bodies are painted in an enlarged scale. In this way there remains a distance between the painted world and the world of the viewer. By using a color palette that only includes white, grey and black she underlines the stylised character of her work. The big tone contrasts evoke the idea that spotlights are turned on the painted ladies. Liu Xiaofeng’s photorealistic technique is outstanding.
Her oeuvre represents a self confident young Chinese generation. Liu Xiaofeng makes a link to the Chinese erotic paintings of the 18th century but translates them in to contemporary society.
**Body No. 13**
The ciurcular image in the middle on a square canvas is framed by a black painted passepartout.
The work shows a lady wearing black plain underwear and a black feathered boa wrapped around her lower hips. She is standing with her back to the viewer, slightly turned to the right. A strong light hits her skin and emphasizes the contrast between her black clothes and her porcelain white skin. The artist chose a detail that shows her back, including some black wisps of hair and her bottom. Since the detail stops at the height of the feather boa is seems as if she is be bathing in black feathers.
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