Reception: Friday, March 2, 2018
Artist will be in attendance
Earl Selkirk Gallery
2928 Dundas St West
“ReOriented”—a mixed media drawing installation by JJ Lee
Ross Creek Gallery, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Nova Scotia
February 10-March 31, 2018
Opening Reception Sunday, February 18th, 1-4 pm
“ReOriented” is a 60 foot long horizontal scroll drawing on rice paper. The format refers to a 1000 year old Chinese tradition of hand scrolls meant to be “read” from right to left as an intimate, single person experience at one’s own pace. It also alludes to a maps, film and scriptures. The mixed media drawing references images of Chinese-Canadian food such as Chop Suey and Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls. Representations of “authentic” Chinese food such as whole steamed carp, roast duck hanging in a window, and chicken feet is juxtaposed. Chinoiserie patterning, Chinese-style decor and text pepper the drawing. To tie together these diverse representations, one continuous gold noodle line twists and loops from one end to the other, creating a landscape of assimilated cultures.
Food is often one’s first introduction to another nation. In Chinese culture, food is central to family, community and society. Through this artwork, I hope to pay tribute to Chinese-Canadian culture.