Venturing through time and space
You're forgiven if you've assumed that my next exhibition was named after hearing that the first female Doctor Who was set in Sheffield, although it is significant-in Sheffield that is. It actually goes back much further than that to many times visiting Malaysia during the night of the hungry ghost festival and witnessing the empty marquees laid out with feasts and altars for the ‘hungry ghosts’, and open-air Chinese opera performances with no one watching. Such thoughts seem particularly relevant at the moment with Halloween otherwise known as Samhain. Visiting cities, villages and buildings in the tropical heat frequented by my own ancestors has lifted the veils of mystique and the feeling that the past and present are on parallels beyond our comprehension.
Continuing on this theme the Cappadoccian underground cities and caves of Turkey that I visited on international art camp in January 2018, have also captivated me. The caves, formed in volcanic rock and often topped by so called fairy chimneys, that date back hundreds of years BC and some housed as many as 20, 000 people. The labyrinth of caves can often only be reached by crawling through interconnecting tunnels, which sometimes open up into large womblike spaces.
So my next exhibition is a combination of paintings of caves that metaphorically we journey through in our lives, and the night of the hungry ghost altars and operas. I was pleased to discuss it with our Lord Mayor Magid Magid and how we could work to support young people in Sheffield in creative ways. It's important for all of us to inspire others and give support and remembering the journeys of migration of some of my family from China to Malaysia 10% of exhibition sales to go to Sheffield charity Assist. (10% also go to the ARThouse).
If you're reading this you are very welcome to come to the exhibition opening on:
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3RD at 11am
ARTHOUSE, BACKFIELDS, SHEFFIELD S1