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Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize Finalist

I am very excited to announce that I am one of the finalists in this year’s Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize. So honoured to be part of an incredible line up of professional female artists. You can read about the prize and see the list of finalists here

My entry - Eurasian in Singapore #2, is a photograph that I took whilst on residency in Singapore in 2018. Below is my statement with the work.

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‘Where are you from?’

‘No, where are you really from?’

As a female Eurasian Australian of Chinese Italian Australian cultural heritage, these are common questions that I encounter in my daily life and across the globe. For a decade I have created artistic investigations that explore cultural identity and belonging in today’s ever-shifting socio-political landscape.

Eurasian in Singapore #2 is a self-portrait that places me within Tiong Bahru Market, one of Singapore’s iconic post WWII housing estate areas where my great grandmother lived. Singapore is a place I feel ‘at home’ within, its culture resonates with me and feels familiar, yet my Eurasian identity sees me in-between cultures, a liminal space. I am perpetually ‘other’ within my surrounds, visually and metaphorically.

 

 

Great review + mention for Closing the Distance

There is a wonderful review on Art + Australia for Closing the Distance at Bundoora Homestead.

"Por Por’s House (2014) by Pia Johnson likewise is given over to a domestic space. In a much larger, well-lit and open bedroom, Johnson’s photographic installation offers snapshots of her grandparents’ suburban Australian house. The colonial space of the gallery draws out the tensions between the recognisable ‘70s shag carpet, light blue walls, doilies and family photos that define visiting relatives’ houses, and the objects and artefacts that act as an homage to the living Chinese-Malay culture transplanted to a foreign country. There is a sense of rediscovering and living with the migrant history passed down through generations, and casting it as homely and familiar."

- Andy Butler

Read the full item: http://www.artandaustralia.com/online/discursions/closing-distance