2017 Cao Bi Fei Exhibition
My project explores how the negotiation of different cultures can be reinterpreted in visual form through jewellery-based object making. Through practice-led research, I have drawn from my childhood memories of traditional Chinese visual culture. I have combined them with images and material relating to locations and cultures I have experienced. This has enabled me to explore personal identity through the shifting life experiences I have had in various multi-cultural environments. My aim has been to construct an experimental system of making that would allow me to express cultural identity through a negotiation of my original culture with other cultures. The result of my research is a series of jewellery-based and hollowware-based objects that explore precious metals and other materials such as plastic and milk powder. This inquiry locates itself within the field of jewellery and metalsmithing within the broader sphere of craft, arts and cultures.
Red Walls & White Snow
on the lacquer painting of Bai Xiao Hua—The Forbidden City and Snow series
At the 10th National Juried Art Exhibition awards ceremony in October 2004, I saw a lacquer piece of the Forbidden City. The painting was a section of the Wu Men gate tower. The depth of the building was flattened and the two-dimensional, geometric divisions of horizontal and vertical lines, emphasized. Even though the painting didn’t depict the grandeur of the palace, the solemnity of the Imperial Garden was nonetheless impressive. The red walls and white snow made everything look to be in perfect harmony, which greatly enhanced the beauty of the snow scene. That piece was the winner of the Silver Prize and was painted by a young lacquer artist named Bai Xiao Hua. It was called, “Wu Men Snow”.
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Within every city, two cities simultaneously emerge. The first represents all that is good and right and desirable; the second city everything that we long to see changed.
The twocities art gallery seeks to help build the first city, through art and events that champion beauty, commitment, thoughtfulness and community. As one of the few galleries in China specializing in contemporary handcrafted art, twocities represents Chinese artists pioneering in modern glass, ceramics, jewelry and lacquer. We are dedicated to providing a platform for contemporary craft artists to engage in international dialogue.
Other events include lectures, film showings and concerts showcasing musicians from a variety of musical genres. In keeping with twocities gallery’s desire to build “the good city ” we work to promote events which highlight beauty, thoughtfulness and innovation in artistic expression and in the city we inhabit.