Spying on China

Spying on China

Spying on China, a Chinoiserie pattern which plays off the definition of its name: A western interpretation of eastern design. This pattern questions our contradictory knowledge of Asia and specifically China. Drawing from newspaper articles, it merges stories of barbarian violence, feudal negotiations, and the western worlds questionable surveillance of a culture we strive to understand. From history, we know that Chinese culture has inspired western artistic practice since before Marco Polo. When we think of Chinese philosophers, we are awed by the wisdom and beauty of their thinking. Contradicting these notions, the newspapers allude to violence, inhumane treatment of those who think out of the box, and conniving political leaders. By merging the aesthetic beauty with the politically ugly, spying on China, places these contradictions at the heart of the pattern.