Kate Beynon’s new body of work is inspired by a supernatural Chinese tale of two young spirits who traverse two worlds; one magically aquatic, the other earthly. Beynon has imagined the guiding spirit of the goddess Kwan Yin as their paths lead from tragedy to transformation, hope and healing.
The works have been commissioned by Art and Australia for a new hardcover publication, An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale, edited by Laura Murray Cree, which will include the tale alongside colour reproductions of the works in this exhibition. The book will be launched to coincide with the exhibition.
The exhibition will feature works on paper, paintings, an animated video and a suspended sculptural installation. The works draw on diverse source material including Chinese and Japanese traditional imagery, Taoist magic calligraphy blended with influences from contemporary comic book graphics, film, animation and fashion.
Informed by ancestral imaginings, family connections and travel, the project continues Beynon’s interest in exploring aspects of transcultural life, feminisms and notions of hybridity in dealing with a ‘mixed up’ and precarious world.
“These new works include many family associations,” says Beynon. “References to Chinese ornamental art objects I grew up with and my maternal grandfather’s scroll paintings, appear in the mix with contemporary dress, sneakers, jewellery and tattoos of family members who also resemble some of the characters.”
“In addition I was inspired by the colours and sights of recent travel to India, where we met some wonderful artists skilled in miniature painting.”
Kate Beynon – An-Li: A Chinese Ghost Tale
TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville
Exhibition: 28 March – 8 June 2015
Entry fees apply
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Image: Kate Beynon Rose of Evening/Spirit of Kwan Yin in the lotus field 2014 (detail) watercolour, gouache and pencil on cotton rag 77 x 56 cm Courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne