Both in terms of form and content, Han Yajuan’s work illustrates her personal experience, culturally and visually. This can be said for many artists, however in her artwork it is all the more singular because of the uniqueness of China’s rapid development as experienced by her generation that was born in the 1980’s. During her lifetime, China has gone from a Communist system with a glorified military as icons for the youth, to an urbanised Capitalist marketplace, glorified by luxury brands. The pursuit of happiness and freedom has taken the form of the pursuit of an abundance of emptiness, in a word consumerism, and social recognition now involves materialism. Her generation did not grow up with glamour in kakis, but in money. Products of the one-child policy, they are quite individualistic and self-conscious if not also self-centred. They crave exterior signs of wealth, the foremost being imported Western luxury brands, jewellery and cars: a way to show off one’s success. They grew up connected, with the internet, social media, animation, etc. Her works illustrate the collective unconsciousness of her generation and its aspirations, belonging to the realm of dreams.