"A woman unsatisfied must have luxuries. But a woman who loves a man would sleep on a board."
My goal is to experience the depths of life, to understand people and how they live, and to express this through my art. All my other accomplishments mean nothing to me. If I can only create a masterpiece that achieves the goal I’ve fixed my inward gaze upon during my creative journey, my life will not have been wasted.
—Qiu Miaojin, Last Words From Montmartre (translated by Ari Larissa Heinrich)