September 18 - December 4, 2022
From Jonathon Hopson:
As the second-generation daughter of mixed Punjabi Sikh-Canadian heritage, Sandhu’s cultural and personal identity is composed of diverse narratives . These narratives play out in her current body of work that explores woman’s arduous search for self-love and the accompanying strength of spirit that this personal journey necessitates.
Employing an intricate aesthetic that layers the female figure, foliage, East Indian motifs and the nostalgic pallet of 1970’s and 1980’s home decor, Sandhu’s work examines the conflicting feelings of shame, self-acceptance, and sexuality ; aspiring to seek out self-authenticity in current cultural, political and emotional contexts. Although informed by her previous body of work which focused on ethnic identity in an alien culture, Sandhu’s current work draws from experiences that are both deeply personal to her and are also shared by women more broadly- attempting to portray inner conflicts seemingly intrinsic to womanhood regardless of ethnicity or heritage.
Sandhu is a multi-disciplinary artist currently residing in Toronto Canada. Her paper and gouache/watercolour based works explore her fascination with cultural hybridity, gender and sexuality alongside familial and personal narratives. Sandhu’s work has exhibited across Canada, Europe and the USA.
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Jennifer Ling Datchuk work is an exploration of her layered identity – as a woman, a Chinese woman, as an “American,” as a third culture kid. Trained in ceramics, Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as textiles and hair, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, intersectionality, identity, and personal history. Her practice evolved from sculpture to mixed media as she began to focus on domestic objects and the feminine sphere. Handwork and hair both became totems of the small rituals that fix, smooth over, and ground women’s lives. Through these materials, she explores how Western beauty standards influenced the East, how the non-white body is commodified and sold, and how women’s – globally, girls’ – work is still a major economic driver whose workers still struggle for equality.
Jennifer Ling Datchuk was born in Warren, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. Trained in ceramics, her works often use a myriad of materials ranging from porcelain to textiles and synthetic hair. She produces sculpture, performance photography, large scale installations and videos, revolving around gender, race and identity. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio as well as Artpace to research the birthplace of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China. Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, travel grant from Artpace, and the Linda Lighton International Artist Exchange Program to research the global migrations of porcelain and blue and white pattern decoration. In 2021 she had a major exhibition at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in which one of the pieces shown there was acquired by LACMA for their permanent collections. She was awarded a residency by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center at the Kohler Co. factory in the Pottery.
She had also participated in residencies at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany; the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China; Vermont Studio Center, European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. In 2017, she received the Emerging Voices award from the American Craft Council and in 2020 was named a United States Artist Fellow in Craft.
She is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Texas State University and lives and maintains a studio practice in San Antonio, Texas.”
Reception: September 18, 2022 | 1–4 pm
904 Marshall St.
Houston, 77006 Texas