Exhibitions    Something old, Something new

05.01.17 to 11.01.17

 

Something old, something new

January 5 – 11, 2017   Reception: Thursday January 5, 2016 6 - 8 PM. Kidogo Art Institute, Fremantle Western Australia. 

 

A collaboration of Artists Nada Murphy & Jacky Cheng.

 

Something old, something new: a lesson, a tradition, a passion, of love, of marriage, of cultures and continuing bonds.

 

Nada & Jacky came to be friends through a common respect for those who walked before us and an interest and respect for the oldest cultures. Something old: Something new reflects on how the respective cultural heritage of each of these artists has shaped the new works. Indeed we are asked to consider what might be valued in the old and how that might leave us with new directions.

Nada is Perth based artist who is a fourth generation Australian woman born in Ivanhoe Victoria. The first of her ancestors to arrive in Australian travelled from Europe in the mid 1800’s. Her genetic roots from both grandmothers lie in Scotland and with Norway & Finland and England for her grandfathers. In Nada’s work she has explored how culture can be expressed as a repeating pattern, often just outside of conscious awareness in our relationships and as undercurrent running from generation to generation. The work also expresses how the vehicle of cultural transfer occurs and may be passed on by the artful use or our hands and minds. Knitting lace is a Scottish tradition although knitting in general has a strong European history. And early photo shows how the Scottish tradition transported to the Australian bush was handed on to the infant swathed in the knitted shawl. Early patterns were not written but simply handed on as the object of care. Patterns also repeat, with the rose, again transported around the globe to its Australian context, lacing women’s lives together, with love and loss.

Jacky is a Malaysian Chinese artist currently based in Broome, Northwest of WA. Her practice morphed from her love for architecture and the built environment as well as the concept of ethnomathematics - the cultural activity and memories of home, country and relationship. In Jacky’s work she explored everyday objects, ritual settings and oracle presence within a typical Chinese household through the simplicity of ‘making and doing’, something her grandmother instilled in her childhood. Folding hundreds of lightweight bamboo joss paper for cultural festivities in one sitting yearned her to reconnect her past and reflect her current practice with paper. Basic shapes play an integral start to every piece, as all things are a form or shape. It is an amalgamation of all those inspirations that gives each piece its rightful story. The order and sequence developed is a process of initial ideas that Jacky does not see the end of - much like reminiscing about the journey and not the destination.

 

 

Something old, something new exhibition by Jacky Cheng

Something old, something new exhibition  2017

'Xiang Lu III' - Incense Censer III by Jacky Cheng

'Xiang Lu III' - Incense Censer III  2017

Acid-free 110gsm archival paper, watercolour

20 x 20cm

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'Xiang Lu II' - Incense Censer II by Jacky Cheng

'Xiang Lu II' - Incense Censer II  2017

Acid-free 110gsm archival paper, watercolour

25 x 25cm

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'Xiang Lu I' - Incense Censer I by Jacky Cheng

'Xiang Lu I' - Incense Censer I  2017

Acid-free 110gsm archival paper, watercolour

20 x 20cm

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Offering II by Jacky Cheng

Offering II  2017

Acid-free 110gsm archival paper, watercolour, wood base

19.5cm(w) x 19.5cm (d) x 12.5cm(h)

Offering I by Jacky Cheng

Offering I  2017

Acid-free 110gsm archival paper, watercolour

20 x 20cm

'Ju Hua II' - Chrysanthemum II by Jacky Cheng

'Ju Hua II' - Chrysanthemum II  2017

Acid-free 110gsm archival paper, watercolour

25 x 25cm

Rose III by Jacky Cheng

Rose III  2016

Acid-free 110gsm archival paper, watercolour

20 x 20cm

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Oculus by Jacky Cheng

Oculus  2016

Acid-free 110gsm archival paper, watercolour

82 x 85.5 cm

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