The triptych is part of my IB visual arts exhibition, in which I explore gender roles in Chinese culture. In ancient China, women had to follow the Three Obediences, which included her father, husband, and son. This central topic not only addresses the power that men held within a patriarchal society (masculinity), but also the lack of influence that women held (considering this rule from a female perspective). To make this project more personal, I have included my experiences with the men around me, drawing references to my father, a boy that I once became infatuated with, and my favourite cousin. I decided to depict the characters using the roles within Beijing Opera, which is an inherently masculine form of art, so deprived of women that men had to uphold the roles of female characters. For this project, I first studied the structure and style of Beijing Opera headdresses, then conducting an artist study to learn of different styles and applications of ink.