All of the young girls in Zhang Peng’s artworks are delicate and helpless. Their big, sad eyes are filled with tears and seem to appeal to the audience.
“Their indescribable expressions of hurt and vulnerability leave the viewer unsettled, disconcerted and heavy hearted.”
His intentions are to create a visual contradiction that represents the current problems in China due to the ever-growing modernization.
One of those problems is the gross overpopulation of the country. Because of the one-child policy, families are being selective about the gender of their babies. Boys have traditionally been more desired.
Zhang Peng’s image of girl dolls symbolizes the discrimination against young girls in China.