We Zetian, the only empress in Chinese history who was very successful politically, was known to have behaved monstrously. She murdered her newborn daughter, blamed it on the emperor's concubines, and had them killed. She saw to it that ministers who opposed her were killed or banished. As a Chinese woman from the city Shenzhen, I have been strongly influenced by traditional Chinese ink and wash paintings, also the Japanese manga. So I was interested in telling the story of Wu Zetian and images that combine the traditional and the contemporary.