Hao Tan

Hao Tan is a Chinese artist born in Zhejiang in 1997. She holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently pursuing an MFA from the California College of the Arts. Tan specializes in working with metal and mixed media, creating unique and meaningful pieces of jewelry and accessories.
Her fascination with the materials, techniques, and stories behind each piece of jewelry drives her creativity. Through her work, Tan aims to explore feminist issues in modern China, using her artistic language and attitude to shed light on important topics. She is passionate about contributing to the aesthetic diversity of China and the world, and hopes to make a lasting impact through her art.
Overall, Hao Tan’s art is a powerful reflection of her unique perspective and deep passion for her craft. Her work is not only visually stunning, but also carries important messages that resonate with audiences worldwide.

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Lady Unstable

Date of Creation: March 21, 2023

List of Materials: PVC Fabric, Resin, Cement, Copper eyelet, Glass Beads, Nylon and Hemp Rope,Glass, Glass Beads,Ceramic ,and Nylon Rope,

Dimensions: Variable Size

Photographer's Name: Lin Wang

Model's Name: YiLiu Teng

Other Contributors: Makeup Artist :Yike Zhang Hair Stylist :Hao Tan

Conceptual Statement: My work is born from a deep interest in Chinese traditional culture and a growing awareness of feminist issues. As I explored traditional women's accessories, I began to see how they were used to discipline and control women in the past. Using humor as a tool, I aim to both critique and satirize patriarchy.The pieces in my collection are inspired by traditional Chinese ceremonial accessories, such as the wedding robe, belt, and jade pendant. However, I have subverted their original intent through the use of unconventional materials and a playful attitude. My "Lady Unstable" accessories, for example, are made from vinyl with laser luster and purposely make the wearer appear unstable. This is a direct challenge to the patriarchal notion of women needing to be controlled and subdued.

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Be Wife, Be Mother -Wedding Tiara

Date of Creation: 21/03/2023

List of Materials: Sterling Silver,Fine Silver Wire, Enamel, Acrylic Glass, Jade Beads, Copper Wire

Dimensions: 7Inch*7inch *10inch

Photographer's Name: Lin Wang

Model's Name: Yike Zhang

Other Contributors: Make up artist: Yike Zhang Hiar styulist: Hao Tan

Conceptual Statement: My tiara piece aims to shed light on the prevalent stereotype of Asian women as expected to conform to the role of a dutiful wife and homemaker, responsible for caring for their families. Through this work, I seek to raise awareness and challenge these expectations, while also acknowledging and honoring the important contributions of all individuals who perform housework. It is my hope that by bringing attention to the often-overlooked work of housewives in China and beyond, we can begin to recognize and value the vital role they play in our communities. I created a piece featuring a puppet tied with a red line to a laundry to critique the stereotype that Asian women are expected to solely dedicate themselves to household chores after getting married. Through this work, I hope to challenge these expectations and promote a more equitable view of gender roles.

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Be Wife, Be Mother—Wedding Tiara

Date of Creation: 21/03/2023

List of Materials: Sterling Silver, Fine Silver Wire, Enamel, Jade Beads, Acrylic Glass, Copper and Copper Wire

Dimensions: 7inch*7inch*10 inch

Photographer's Name: Lin Wang

Model's Name: YiLiu Teng

Other Contributors: Makeup Artist: Yike Zhang Hair Stylist: Hao Tan

Conceptual Statement: My tiara piece aims to shed light on the prevalent stereotype of Asian women as expected to conform to the role of a dutiful wife and homemaker, responsible for caring for their families. Through this work, I seek to raise awareness and challenge these expectations, while also acknowledging and honoring the important contributions of all individuals who perform housework. It is my hope that by bringing attention to the often-overlooked work of housewives in China and beyond, we can begin to recognize and value the vital role they play in our communities. I created a piece featuring a puppet tied with a red line to a laundry to critique the stereotype that Asian women are expected to solely dedicate themselves to household chores after getting married. Through this work, I hope to challenge these expectations and promote a more equitable view of gender roles.

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