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Sculpture (MA)

Duoduo Huang

Duoduo graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China, and she studies at the Royal College of Art now. 

The personal works have been selected in group exhibitions as below:

Pattern recognition, ArtLacuna Gallery, London 2023

Inside out, Core Arts Gallery, London 2023

Spiel Allein, Gallery 46, london 2023

Metamorphosis of rhythm(嬗变之韵), Shanghai Himalayas Museum, China 2022

Making Marks -collaborative work sponsored by the Wandsworth Council, Battersea Park, London 2022

It’s all fun until…, Safehouse, London 2022

We won’t stop showing, SET Gallery, London 2021

Art Shenzhen (艺术深圳2021), Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, China 2021

Guyu art fair(谷雨艺术节), Shuxintang Space Shenzhen, China 2020

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesSculpture (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

A self-portrait photo.

Duoduo is interested in imagery, bodily, graphic and symbolic, she prefers working with time-based materials such as print, video, and installation. As a non-academic researcher, she uses historical records and archives as weaving materials, and explores the narrative nature of personal memory and history, attempting to provoke a rethinking of intimacy, the female psychological world and humanistic care. 

fabric sculpture

Floaty corsetting

Medium: organza fabric, plastic boning, iron wire, metal 

Size: Variable

This is a series of soft sculptures made from digital models, assisted by digital patterning techniques, using the structure of a woman's corset as a reference, supporting and shaping with boning. it was triggered by retracing the history of the corset. There is a very common criticism here that we are taught that it is a representation that shapes the female body, changes the abdominal organs, and is a kind of representation of the male gaze. But I stand on the opposite side of that argument, I verified to all this criticism came twenty years after the prevalent era of the corset. When it first appeared, it was not stigmatised and it was not pointed out that the corset was only associated with females, it was just a normal garment in the wardrobe. I supposed people doing sports in corsets, but also it wasn't a crazy thing to do in an era when it was prevalent, the work attempts to depict the curved, athletic body, breaking down the stigmatised facts of the historical process and the association of women with madness.


organza fabric, plastic boning, iron wire, metal


In Greek mythology, Their name literally translates as "raving ones". 'maenads' were mythologized as the mad women who were nurses of Dionysus in Nysa, representing a state of ecstatic frenzy through a combination of dancing and intoxication.
An archive iconography museum of female mental illness by Dr Charcot in the 18 century. the curve body pose means the woman is hysteric.
Reenactment Bridge pose gently stretches your chest, shoulders, and abdomen, which normally exists in the yoga practice.

Bridge icon

medium: velvet fabric, metal

size: variable

I investigated the history of mad women by reading through the archival images, I selected a series of formally similar poses and juxtaposed these images through my own re-enactment. It also traces the association between the ‘Maenad' meaning a female who exists in Greek mythology and is a frenzy running in the forests, and the archive of the iconography of female mental illness by Dr Charcot in the 18 century. What I try to present is a collision across time of these specific poses which exist in different times and cultural contexts with different interpretations as well, but in different times are accompanied by stigmatising indications that strongly represent the characteristics of female behaviour. The similarities between poses blur the meaning of madness women within established paradigms.