Jennifer Ling Datchuk


Blue and White: Bold Beauty, 2014, Porcelain, blue and white pattern transfer from Jingdezhen (China), 20 x 10 x 2,5 cm, digital photograph, (Photo: 28 x 35,5 cm)

My work has always dealt with identity, with the sense of being in-between, an imposter, neither fully Chinese nor Caucasian. I have learned to live with the constant question about my appearance: “What are you?” I change my response depending on my hair, make-up, clothes, what I am doing, where I am at, or what I am eating – who I am at the moment.  I find people are rarely satisfied with my answer.  I explore this conflict through my chosen media – porcelain, which nods to my Chinese heritage but also represents “pure” white – the white desire I find in both cultures. Bound by these conditions, I stitch together my individual nature, unravel the pressures of conformity, and forever experience pain in search of perfection.

15.01. – 15.04.2016