Yen Qin

Yen Qin — Qinghua I, 2022


My pieces tell a story of both shame and reverence for my Chinese heritage. They begin as perfectly wheelthrown vessels inspired by traditional Chinese vases, which are then manipulated and vandalised; their shapes deformed, graffiti carved into the surface, and chaotic layers of glaze are applied in deliberate acts of restrained destruction. These acts symbolise the lifelong erasure and suppression of my culture as a survival tactic whilst growing up in a Western society. However, the forms remain refined and speak to my attempts to reclaim and regain a sense of pride for my culture, a culture that just so happens to have produced the most significant innovations in ceramic history. By incorporating the colour blue, these pieces also represent contemporary and abstract interpretations of traditional blue and white Chinese Ming Dynasty porcelain.

Yen Qin is the studio practice of Georgina Yen Qin Lee, an emerging ceramicist based in Naarm/Melbourne. Georgina uses the medium of ceramics to explore her personal experience as an Australian-born Chinese Malaysian, where feelings of both shame and reverence for her culture permeate through her work. All works are made by Georgina and fired in her studio in Abbotsford, Victoria. She has degrees in Mechanical Engineering (Monash University), Art History (University of Melbourne) and Visual Art (Victorian College of the Arts). She developed her ceramic practice at the School of Clay and Art under Neville French.

It's not just blue

November 24 - January 21

A gathering of works by Australian artists, crafts people and designers, in a maximalist exploration of the colour blue in all its hues.  

Anke Kindle / Anna Varendorff / Anne U / Ara Dolatian / Ash Allen / Bastard Ceramics / Camille Laddawan / Caro Pattle / Christopher Plumridge / Curio Practice / Dean Norton / Dean Toepfer / Ebony Russell / Ella Saddington / Georgina Proud / House Editions / Iluka Sax-Williams / Jess Sellinger / Jordan Fleming / Kristin Burgham / Louise Meuwissen / Lucy Tolan / Michael Gittings / Nicole Lawrence / Owen Rye / Real Non-Real / Sguscio / Shimara Carlow / Tara Shackell / Terunobu Hirata / Tia Ansell / Yen Qin

Material: Stoneware, terracotta, porccelain, glaze, metal oxide, gold lustre.

Dimensions: approx. 26 x 18 x 17cm

Please note, works purchased as gifts will be made available for collection by December 20 for the gifting season, all others will remain on exhibition until January 28 

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