Tsai-Ling Tseng

Tsai-Ling Tseng (b. 1991, Taipei, Taiwan) lives and works in Brooklyn, her artworks lie on the verge of reality and imagination, utilising vivid, saturated colours to explore identity and culture. Her art often processes self-identity through the disruption of cultural and societal narratives, frequently adopting an ironic or cynical visual aesthetic. Tu Di Gong (The Earth God) Doesn’t Bless Me 土地公不保佑 depicts a popular god in Mandarin speaking populations who has the power to everything you wish for come true. In the painting, Tseng shows the god accepting food offerings from a supplicant while looking down at her, annoyed. In Claw Machine Master 吊娃娃大師, a man plays a claw machine filled with female dolls. The painting unsettlingly depicts the patriarchal gaIt’e and the societal commodification of women.