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Tzung Hui Lauren Lee
A moment within dust to light
2021
handmade paper, charcoal and Sumi ink
36x25 cm (unframed)

R4 000.00 (unframed)


A moment within dust to light is an extension of Tzung Hui Lauren Lee’s investigation into processes of paper-making, writing, drawing and sculpting. In previous works Lee has used elaborate relief moulds to shape large sheets of handmade paper into forms based on traditional chinese calligraphy techniques. These works experimented with the materiality of paper, exploring its possibilities as a three-dimensional medium. In A moment within dust to light Lee transforms what would have been the flat surface of the work’s body into an unruly cluster of edges. Hand-drawn marks, embedded pigment and shadows together produce this work’s intricate surface, creating an object that is sumultaneously a drawing and a sculpture.



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TZUNG HUI LAUREN LEE




Tzung-Hui Lauren Lee (b. 1998, Johannesburg) is a South African Chinese artist and a recent graduate of the BA Fine Art programme at the Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg. Her installation-based practice is embedded in processes of paper-making, calligraphy, drawing and sculpture is occupied with the translation of two-dimensional mark-making, such as writing, to three-dimensional space. The tension between physical and digital or virtual space is an important context for Lee’s practice, which increasingly crosses over between the digital and the physical. Lee is deeply influenced by aspects of Chinese philosophy and culture, including traditional Chinese folk art, which she draws on to investigate ideas around diaspora, identity, decolonising the self and relationships between the past and the present. Her paper-objects and digital renderings, which are crossed by calligraphic designs that resemble floating ash, refer to the cycles of life, nature, the body and “psychophysical energy”. She describes her practice as a “means to decolonise, rethink, and understand my identity and the spaces surrounding my body”.


 
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