AP Art of the Week

Spotlight on Artist Xinyue Su

The Elective’s digital art museum this week features a textile work made by Xinyue Su from Shenzhen Mingde Experimental School in Guangdong Province, China.

Welcome to The Elective’s digital art museum, dedicated to the incredible work of AP Arts students. Each week we highlight a work or series created in one of the AP Arts concentrationsAP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing (the AP Program also offers Art History and Music Theory)—as well as a statement from the artist (and, occasionally, their teacher).

From the first cave paintings to contemporary breakthroughs in virtually reality, art, in all its forms, has been a crucial way for people to process, make sense of, comment on, and grapple with the world around them. After more than a year of life in a pandemic, AP Art students have risen to the challenge of processing and making sense of the challenges—and opportunities—that have come from this perilous time. The work they submitted in their final portfolios is explicitly of the moment. It’s often challenging and provocative, but always insightful, inspiring, and expansive.

This week we feature a textile work made by Xinyue Su from Shenzhen Mingde Experimental School in Guangdong Province, China.

Photograph of three young women pulling at a large blanket

Here’s Xinyue’s statement on the work:

“‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ is based on a biblical story, depicting heavenly paradise, earthly desire and hellish torture, respectively. How were these fantastic and magical scenes created?  I tried to recreate my vision of Paradise on Earth with modern fashion design. I added a lot of my own understanding to the work, such as specifying three human desires—lazy, greedy, and gluttony—because I think they are the most common. I didn't make a specific image of God because I think God is different in everyone's mind and changes according to inner thoughts. I learned a lot of things in the process of making the work, such as some ancient musical instruments and ancient punishments, and gained a deeper understanding of art history, especially the meaning of this painting.”

And here are a few other works from Xinyue’s portfolio:

Three photographs of women in couture designs on top of a process illustration of how the outfits were created

The modeling reflects the entangled relationship, bright colors show the joy of human indulgence.

Two photos, side by side, of a woman in a vaguely indigenous couture outfit

Transforming old things can be a beauty.

Two photos, side by side, of two women looking up at and interacting with a third woman in a couture outfit wearing an ornate lampshade on her head

Two photos, stacked, of a young woman's hands with syringe-like objects attached to her fingers

The control and restraint of net work on my behavior and thought.

Student statements are lightly edited for length and clarity.