I was fortunate enough to catch up with Miss Ava Zhang in her busy schedule on a stop-over in London to New York. We sat down and discussed the theme of this portrait. Rather than a conventional portrait of her sitting passively in the centre, she wanted more of a scene of herself actively whipping her bound slave with a signal whip.
One of her maids looks over his shoulder apprehensively as he cleans her apartment with a feather duster. The open cabinet betrays the tools of Miss Zhang’s profession and just a hint of dungeon furniture disrupts the cool contemporary interior.