Woolen Sweaters

Yin Xiuzhen



Woolen Sweaters
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In this piece, a pile of women's sweaters on the left lies on the floor next to a pile of men's sweaters on the right. A horizontal scaffolding of knitting needles between the two piles suggests connection but also a measure of distance between these everyday items of normative gender difference. Yin has unraveled the sweaters on top of each pile, producing unruly mounds of yarn that a pair of needles has begun to knit and purl together into a single garment. This process of integration presents a contrast to the violent shattering of communication across the gender binary in Xiao Lu's Dialogue (1989).

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Gao Minglu, ed., Inside Out: New Chinese Art (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998), Plate 54.
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