The appreciation of beauty is an innate human ability, but social differences, from living conditions to cultural aspirations, lead different groups of people to develop varying aesthetic tastes. For some time, Chinese traditional painting and contemporary art have independently formed a community of taste within the elite classes that consume them. Dan'er has spent much time studying folklore, which has prompted a deep understanding of this particular for of direct pictorial expression. Here, Dan'er will talk about the different impulses that distinguish folk art forms from contemporary art practice, and how these function within the arena of a contemporary art museum.
Dan'er was born in Shanbei in 1983. She currently lives and works as an independent artist in Beijing. Following her long-term encounters with folklore, her artistic practice has become focused upon the collection and compilation of vulgar aesthetics, as well as methods of painting, through which she channels her personal expression. Exhibitions in which Dan'er has participated include: "Arts of the States", Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, 2015; "Civilisation, Round 2: Yulin", OCAT Xi'an, Xi'an, 2014.