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IRIS SHEN

‘The ECLIPSE’

GUIDED WALK
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
August 11th @ 6pm

SITE LOCATION
The Art Room
125 Hyde St
Footscray

 

SWEET SEDDON
August 16th @ 6pm

SITE LOCATION
Copper Pot Seddon
105 Victoria St
Seddon

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

A six minutes long video projection capturing the eclipse of a moon constructed with images of flowers in my mother’s garden. She documents the blooms in her garden and sends them as daily posts along with greetings to a circle of friends and family living overseas. 

The Eclipse is a poetic re-interpretation of Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai’s work - Quite Night Thought (靜夜思), expressing the experience of immigration, displacement and place. It is a representation of the constant flux of our belonging and identity, as it morphs with continued personal and collective experience. 

To me, the blooming moon embodies the notion of home, re-connection, and hope for a better outlook. Similar to the variety of flowers in these pictures, Australia embodies many diverse cultures and ethnicities. People who left their homeland, just like my mother, profoundly affected places, people and the community they live in.

The question of identity and belonging has long been in my practice. Blending the visual vocabulary of my Chinese heritage with aesthetic and material experimentation, I would like to offer a meditation on the experiences that shape our identities. 

In this installation, the idea of home as identity forms the conceptual underpinning and my own ongoing examination of a personal and collective idea of belonging.

BIO

I am a Sydney-based artist. I take a critical view of social and cultural issues in all my work. I would like to think of my installations as dynamic storytelling through sculptures, ready-made, visual imagery, and other inventions. They are the improvisational tools that I used to question our world. 

Lately, I am interested in the act of Internet search. The Internet has provided the platform to stroll through the realm of fast gained knowledge. In the age of the Internet, everyone can become a temporary expert on anything. Subsequently, these collective knowledge defines the world we live in.