November 6 - January 18, 2020
“Following her 2019 Artpace Residency, Jennifer Ling Datchuk’s concurrent exhibitions at Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio and New York, will explore social expectations placed on girls and how this pressure translates into womanhood. In the words of the artist, this work confronts how “little girls are taught to be seen not heard, perpetuating our roles as empty vessels for the desire and fulfillment of men.” Datchuk takes on these complexities of femininity through an active recontextualization of the objects that define it. Through her championing of the handmade and her use of materials such as hair and porcelain, Datchuk seeks to rewrite the histories and traumas of womanhood and ultimately find empowerment through objects of womanhood.
Trained in craft tradition and supported by her research-based practice, Datchuk shows that no material technique is neutral as her concepts are always interwoven with her materials. By employing the historical and cultural implications of the chosen materials in her work, Datchuk uses her personal experience and identity as a lens to understand race, gender, and identity.”
Opening: November 6, 2019 | 6–8 pm
201-A East Olmos Drive
San Antonio, 78212 TX