Offerings – Phei Phei

Ceramic Exhibition by Jayanto Damanik Tan (Tan Seng Lee)

Artist Statement

As a Chinese-Indonesian immigrant living in Sydney, Australia, my practice blends eastern and western mythologies with the reality of current events. By cross-referencing a stereotypical understanding of a displaced person with an autobiographic experience, I am able to interrogate themes of racism, poverty, corruption and social injustice.

My work is visual storytelling. In it I re-animated my experiences through vibrant and reflective ceramic sculptures that are reminiscent of offerings prepared by my mother to the universe during my childhood. With an emphasis on colour my works deliver a personal expression of identity and diversity culminating in a celebration of liberation and creative freedom that is alert to a traditional and contemporary Chinese-Indonesian Australian identity.

The exhibition is offered in conjunction with my previous residency in Indonesia that leads to my recent works. I also visited my birthplace in North Sumatra, after an absence of 35 years. The resulting symbolic ceramic sculptural objects are reminiscent of the offerings made by ordinary everyday Indonesians and Chinese-Indonesians. Intertwined with western mythology, the works offer a sentiment of mixed spirituality and sharing. These cakes, like objects, are presented as a single harvest demonstrating the mixing of diverse culture and harmonies. They are playful but insistent in their presentation of the cornucopia that our culture has become.

Jayanto Damanik Tan 陈生利

March 2018


EXHIBITION DETAILS

Date: 18 April – 17 June 2018

Venue: Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture Gallery, Building EA.G.03, Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University. Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere.

Gallery Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 10.00 am – 3.00 pm, Friday 11:00am - 3pm

Contact: Lindsay Liu, (02) 9685 9943

EXHIBITION OPENING EVENT

Dates: 3 May  2018

Time: 3.00 - 4.30pm

Venue: Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture Gallery, Building EA.G.03, Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University. Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere.

Afternoon tea will be provided

Limited seats. RSVP Essential. Please RSVP HERE (opens in a new window) before 2 May, 2018.


Artist Biography

Born North Sumatra, Indonesia

Lives and works Sydney, Australia

Education

2018 -           Master of Fine Art, Drawing, National Art School, Sydney
2014 - 2017  Bachelor of Fine Art, Ceramics, National Art School, Sydney
2010 - 2012  Diploma of Fine Art, Sculpture and Painting, Sydney Gallery School

Exhibition History

Tan has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions at the following galleries; National Art School Gallery, Annandale Creative Art Centre, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Gaffa Gallery, Accelerator Gallery, Muse Gallery, The Old Fire Shed Gallery at Wollombi Valley Cultural Centre.He has also been in international exhibitions at BG Studio Red Gate, Beijing, China and Place Suisse des Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Tan has been a finalist in numerous national art prizes within Australia, including; HIDDEN, Rookwood Sculpture Walk, Sydney; Bayside Sculpture Award, Kyeemagh; Harbour Sculpture Prize, Woolwich; North Sydney Art Prize; Fisher’s Ghost Prize, Campbelltown Art Centre; National Pottery Competition, Hazelhurst Gallery; Sculpture at Scenic World, Blue Mountains and Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley.

Tan had a recent solo exhibition, “Heritage – Peranakun”, at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney and he also participated in artist residencies at Tantery Pottery, Bali, Indonesia, in 2017 and Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China, in 2013.