From 2007 to 2010, Xu spent another three years on his new
series “Empty Body” while choosing the most refined
visual language to express his aesthetics. Unlike posing as various
female figures as he did in his previous works, Xu started to
utilize digital technologies to facilitate him to realize his ideas
as the conceptions behind his works deepened and become more
complex. The imagery of male and female manikins repetitively
appears along with his female persona. The new series manifests the
idea of the incompleteness of each human being, since we only can
be either male or female. The urge to be completed by the other
half is commonly found as male-female attraction in our daily life.
However, Xu takes this pursuit of wholeness into his artistic
practice; in his work, he is complete, in both physical and
spiritual sense. The artist hopes to bring diverse viewpoints to
the audiences who come across his work, and through his practice to
help them to look beyond the surface.