Artist Talk by Chun Hua Catherine Dong

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Artist Talk by Chun Hua Catherine Dong

April 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

April 17
Artist Talk by Chun Hua Catherine Dong
Join Richmond Art Gallery Director, Shaun Dacey and Richmond Public Art Planner, Biliana Velkova for an artist talk by Chun Hua Catherine Dong in conjunction with her public art installation, The Misfits, at Aberdeen Canada Line Station. This initiative is presented by Capture Photography Festival in partnership with Canada Line Public Art Program – InTransit BC, Richmond Art Gallery and Richmond Public Art Program. Utilizing digital techniques and photography, Chun Hua Catherine Dong’s work illustrates the rich symbolic value of Chinese textiles to explore issues of gender and culture. The phoenix and dragon are interconnected symbols in Chinese culture and are often used together to symbolize auspicious and blissful relations between husband and wife. In ancient Chinese history, the phoenix could be male or female. However, as the dragon became associated with Chinese emperors as an imperial symbol, the phoenix became exclusively associated with female identities. Within this diptych installed at Aberdeen Station, Dong envisions the phoenix and the dragon not as opposites but as mirrors of each other. Adding her own twist to a traditional medium, the artist uses blue to return masculinity to the phoenix and plum blossoms to offer femininity to the dragon. By placing these symbols within the rainbowed sea and mountain patterns, the artist suggests a contemporary perspective on Chinese tradition.
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April 17, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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