During her time at the Qingdao University, Wen Wu became interested in magazines depicting Western culture. Restrictions on the publications allowed meant that she found materials in magazines about 40s and 50s Hollywood, and the costume drama. She proceeded to make a series of paintings of Chinese women in Western outfits, in particular those that had been represented in American films set in Shanghai and in Western clothing. Wen Wu has examined the image of exotic femininity with those and progressed to representations of Western women, in particular inspired by Victorian nudes. She paints them with a very soft palette over and over again, paying exaggerated homage to feminine perfection and submissive beauty, often choosing an oval canvas with touches of gold leaf.