Wontons & Meat Pies

February 2013

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Karen Choy

MOTHER DUCK
white earthenware, lead sancai glaze 18×28×20cm

Karen Choy | Jason Phu | Evelyn Wai

3 Chinese Australian artists explore themes of heritage, tradition, cultural identity & home

Private View Tuesday 5 February 6-8pm
2 – 27 February 2013

An Associated Event of the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival

room sheet.pdf

“Usually the realm of lofty landscapes, Chinese scroll painting is brought delightfully down to earth in the hands of young College of Fine Arts graduate Jason Phu. Here, his work fleshes out the cross-cultural figurines of Sydney ceramicist Karen Choy and the inky dark photographs of Evelyn Wai in a show that is whimsically alert to the influence of Eastern and Western traditions” Michael Fitzgerald, Open Gallery, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 February 2013

Open Gallery SMH 16 February.pdf

KAREN CHOY
ceramics
Animal Fables and Fairy Tale classical animal characters are some of the themes explored in my hand made ceramic earthenware sculptures. My exploration into conveying these themes are created with traditional Chinese ceramic Tang glazes inspired by the Tang dynasty funerary animals. I use Chinese art influences such as pictorial symbolism of animals and flowers. Thus a crossover of cultural influences occurs as I also draw inspiration from Australian motifs such as the flannel flower and gum leaves.
Rabbits are known to symbolize luck in Western Culture and Chinese culture. Turtles are known for their longevity and represent long life. The flowering peach is also associated with long life and is often represented in celebrations of big birthdays and weddings in Chinese culture. I use these animals & plants in my hand carvings inspired by Chinese and Nepalese carvings drawn from recent trip to Nepal. My works range from small sculptures that are made in quick studies that show off the runny shiny colourful glazes, to more delicate and intricate animals with incredible detail in carvings.

JASON PHU
printmaking
Jason Phu’s artwork deals with the mixed cultural identities of Australians. Drawing upon his own cultural heritage as a Chinese Australian he makes light of the dislocation and disassociation that he and others around him have experienced.

EVELYN WAI
photography
TEMPORAL
Places we call home, or once called home, become important in locating ourselves in our own timelines. These places may have changed or not at all physically upon return. Revisiting these places as an outsider, one is limited to exploring the subjective memories triggered by the space that may have once been forgotten, and the self that once belonged in that temporal moment of time and space.

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    Karen Choy

    MOTHER DUCK (detail)
    white earthenware, lead sancai glaze 18×28×20cm

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    Karen Choy

    Ducklings
    white earthenware, lead sancai glaze
    various dimensions ranging from all approximately
    clockwise from top left
    GREEN BEAK DUCKLING 2 8×10×7cm
    PINK BEAK DUCKLING 10×13×8cm
    BLUE BEAK DUCKLING 1 10×14×8cm – sold
    GREEN BEAK DUCKING 1 8×10×7cm
    BLUE BEAK DUCKLING 2 10×13×9cm

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    Karen Choy

    BABY PENGUIN 1 (detail)
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 10×11×9cm

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    Karen Choy

    BABY PENGUIN 1
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 10×11×9cm

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    Karen Choy

    Sleeping Hare & Tortoise
    white earthenware, lead sancai glaze 17×17×29cm

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    Karen Choy

    Deer & Cranes
    white earthenware, lead sancai glaze 32×22×16cm

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    Karen Choy

    Freeriders
    earthenware & sancai glaze 18×25×22cm

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    Karen Choy

    Yellow Hare on Blue Tortoise
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 14×17×12cm

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    Karen Choy

    Woofie
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 24×40×18cm

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    Karen Choy

    Woofie
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 24×40×18cm

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    Karen Choy

    Peter Rabbit Hop
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 11×16×9cm

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    Karen Choy

    Peter Rabbit Cleaning
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze, stains

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    Karen Choy

    Peter Rabbit & Friends
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 24×23×10cm

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    Karen Choy

    PENGUINS
    earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze
    clockwise from top left
    BLACK SHEEP 16×13×10cm
    MOMMA PENGUIN 16×17×10cm
    REMINISCING 14×15×10cm
    YELLOW PENGUIN 7×7×5cm
    BABY PENGUIN 1 10×11×9cm
    BABY PENGUIN 2 10×10×8cm

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    Karen Choy

    JUGGLING ACT
    white earthenware paper clay, lead sancai glaze 31×25×25cm

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    Karen Choy

    BLUE DRAGON
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 13×17×17cm

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    Karen Choy

    KANGALOON COW
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 17×22×9cm

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    Karen Choy

    Metal Rabbit 1
    terracotta & lead glaze 10×9×7cm

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    Karen Choy

    Metal Rabbit 2
    terracotta & lead glaze 10×11×7cm

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    Karen Choy

    Peter Rabbit with Carrot 28×20×20cm white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze

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    Karen Choy

    Pigs Might Fly
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 28×36×17cm

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    Karen Choy

    Introvert
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 13×24×12cm

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    Karen Choy

    Mother Goose
    white earthenware clay, lead sancai glaze 30×30×22cm

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    Karen Choy

    At the Circus white earthenware paper clay, lead sancai glaze 28×26×17cm $1,000

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    Jason Phu

    This old fella, ees got all these 'orrible thoughts buzzin' round is 'ead. The immense power of his coat has corrupted him you see (detail)
    120×66cm a la poupee zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    This old fella, ees got all these 'orrible thoughts buzzin' round is 'ead. The immense power of his coat has corrupted him you see
    120×66cm a la poupee zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    Old mate watches his memories flow away, wonders why his urine doesn't flow as freely. All that's left is a 3000 dollar jacket
    120×66cm a la poupee zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    I threw up most of my stomach lining
    25×20cm zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    The women in my family never drink
    25×20cm zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    Dad saved his life (relief)
    25×20cm zinc etching


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    Dad saved his life (intaglio)
    25×20cm zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    He left me passed out smelling like fried ox-tongue and cigarettes
    25×20cm zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    Back in the old days
    25×20cm zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    They become immeasurably wiser the more they drink
    25×20cm zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    He says he enjoyed the alcoholic taste
    25×20cm relief zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    The whole apartment smelt like burnt eggshell
    25×20cm zinc etching

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    Jason Phu

    The very wise shaman that lives on York St. looking like an old tramp; has the ability to conjure seagulls
    Black ink, texta on Xuan paper.
    136×69cm

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    Jason Phu

    Through the great valley of Lan Sing, and further south into the unspoken of forbidden pass, lies the plains of the Four Winds, don’t breathe in
    Black ink, texta on Xuan paper.
    136×69cm

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    Jason Phu

    Beauty is simply a perception, unless you’re shitting and pissing yourself simultaneously
    Black ink, texta on Xuan paper.
    136×69cm

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    Jason Phu

    Had a few, havin a spew
    Black ink, texta on Xuan paper
    136×69cm

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    Jason Phu

    SCROLL
    Black ink, texta on Xuan paper
    136×69cm

    Many believed, that his obvious enormity had its roots at an insatiable gluttony for food. The truth could not be further from the rumour. Though he consumed vast quantities of food, it was his consumption of knowledge that contributed most to his mass. As a young boy, after consuming the Glenmore, his local library, several times over, he began to travel further and further into the city, reading into the early cries of the street vendors. By his 22nd birthday, he had travelled his rather small country reading all the books, sometimes a dozen times or more, he could not take in all the knowledge he had obtained. Day by day, the body’s natural limits were being surpassed, and day by day his body began to expand. Finally, he found, that one evening he could no longer move with all the weight of knowledge upon him, by then he had travelled a vast expanse of the world and read many books. He was stuck in the small town of Cartagena. He became a local act in the sideshow, answering the questions of the slightly curious and eternally sleepy townspeople who were not really that interested in the answers, but rather, in the calming way he provided the answers. It is not known at this moment whether he has died or not, but reports confirm that he is a content man

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    Evelyn Wai

    TEMPORAL 5
    30×45cm photomedia
    edition of 10

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    Evelyn Wai

    TEMPORAL 4
    30×45cm photomedia
    edition of 10

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    Evelyn Wai

    TEMPORAL 1
    30×45cm photomedia
    edition of 10

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    Evelyn Wai

    TEMPORAL 2
    30×45cm photomedia
    edition of 10

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    Evelyn Wai

    TEMPORAL 3
    30×45cm photomedia
    edition of 10


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