‘Traditional Hybrid’ Collaboration and Exhibition
Tamara Lenz and I collaborated together because of our similarities culturally – rice, henna, tea & labour all seemed to coincide within the themes of cultural hybridity and fusion. As well as this we found we both share European-Asian heritage which makes our work connect further. We decided to build upon my idea of the tea cup covered in henna showing a culture clash by doing a dinner set – which we called ‘Eurasia’. We displayed this work and individual work at our exhibition which we held in T Lenz’s house. We chose to have the exhibition in an (Victorian) house to build on this culture clash and look at the idea of domestication of women in the household (the stereotype that women should make tea/cook dinner etc) – this is also how we came up with the name ‘Traditional Hybrid’. During our exhibition, Lenz and I decided that we definitely wanted to take on the idea of stereotypes through the domestication of women in any future projects.
We had approximately ten visitors to our pop-up exhibition. In hindsight our exhibition could have done with a lot more public exposure, which is something that needs to kept in mind for future exhibitions. although the location of the exhibition was a good setting for our work, the location may not have been very accessible for visitors.
Moving on from the exhibition I would like to take the idea of the dinner set further – completing it as a full set with cutlery and anything else traditionally found on an English dinner table. I also want to continue with a full tea set and build a collection of items.
Even though Kara Walker did not inspire me directly, she did have some influence over this work. Viewing her work at the Camden Arts Center, she displays her silhouettes as black on white or white on black, keeping it quite minimal. Through her silhouettes Kara Walker wanted to ‘remove the face’ stripping back everything which allows her silhouettes to stand alone.
This is the aspect that had an influence on ‘Eurasia’ keeping with painting black lines on white – there is intricate detail but it is also quite bold.