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Utopia and the Land of Peach Blossom: A Study of Yi Wang’s Work of Art
the Land of Peach Blossom
This thesis is organized under two main concepts: Utopia and the Land of Peach Blossom, in order to provide a structure for analyzing Yi Wang’s work of art. This thesis is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1 introduces the cultural and artistic background of the author/ artist and also explains the origins of her interests toward intercultural communication and pursuit of aesthetics of ink. Chapter 2 discusses a brief lineage on which the concept of Utopia has developed chronologically. It introduces the origin of Utopia, its role in relation to Capitalism, Humanism, Marxism, Socialism, the Spirit of Utopia by Bloch, Dystopia, the End of History, intellectuals, Neo-liberalism, and E-topia after the Digital Evolution. At the end, Marina Abramović, Huang Yongping and Shimon Attie are introduced as example artists under this concept. Chapter 3 illustrates the development of the concept of the Land of Peach Blossom, from the origin of the story, the era when the author Tao Yuanming lived and his hermit character depicted by later literature and paintings. It also explains the three aspects of the Land of Peach Blossoms: as wonderland, mundane land and place of seclusion. The two case studies are Li Ziqi and Dong Xiaohui. Chapter 4 introduces the process in which the author/ artist has developed her work of art, and each piece is analyzed separately. Chapter 5 is a short conclusion and prospect of her future work.
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