Beijing-based artist Mu Lei paints girls with big heads and sometimes even bigger glasses, but there is nothing cute or doll-like about them. It is clear that they are the heroes in their own stories. There is a sophisticated gloss to Mu Lei's work, and his insects lend power and mischief, rather than abject annoyance. In the artist's words, "In the world on the canvas, power has been inverted: the ordinary things in the hand of the girl, like colorful cotton candy, firecrackers, glasses, and so on become lethal weapons with huge power."
Artist: Mu Lei
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