Claire Voon

Claire Voon is a Chicago-based writer on art and visual culture. Her work has appeared in publications such as ARTnews, the Art Newspaper, Chicago Magazine, Atlas Obscura, and Hyperallergic, where she was previously a staff writer.

All Hail the Queens of the Qing Dynasty

The history surrounding me was moving, a string of stories of restricted freedom and female agency told through clothes, household items, and artwork—including one painting attributed to the powerful Empress Dowager Cixi, who left a trace of her thumbprint in ink.