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An exhibition of works
by Kerry Ann Lee
Sew Hoy Gallery
above Sew Hoy Oriental Foods
29 Stafford Street, Dunedin
21 February – 13 March 2009
 
Artist's Talk 6pm, Tuesday 24 February
 
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday 12 - 6pm
Weekends 10am - 4pm
 
Wellington artist, Kerry Ann Lee remembers demolishing wonton at the Shanghai Restaurant, falling asleep on the chairs of the Gold Coin Café in Willis Street while her parents closed up, and hearing stories of the Favourite Milk Bar, her grandparents’ business in Newtown. Memories and images come together her exhibition, Home Made: Picturing Chinese Settlement in New Zealand, which will be on display in her family’s hometown of Dunedin from 21 February until 13 March at Sew Hoy Gallery (above Sew Hoy Oriental Foods, 29 Stafford Street).
 
Kerry Ann creates ‘playful and conversational’ worlds out of paper, scalpel and glue. Her collection of paintings, collages and paper-cuttings explore personal and local experiences of Chinese settlement in New Zealand, both the Chinese face behind the takeaway counter and the home customs housed behind the plastic ribbon curtain. At the centre of the exhibition is a lavishly illustrated artist book solely comprised of cut-paper, paint, found text and images – a kaleidoscopic tale told from a third-generation Kiwi perspective.
 
Along with her involvement in community art education and commercial design projects, Lee is known for her work in underground publishing and punk fanzines over the past decade. A limited edition of the Home Made artist book will be available for purchase at the exhibition.
 
This articulate and heartfelt body of work was first exhibited in Wellington at Toi Poneke Gallery in August 2008 and gathered national attention with feature appearances on Asia Down Under and Saturday with Kim Hill. Paper-cuttings from the exhibition showcased as a finalist work in the Wallace Art Awards 2008 at The New Dowse Art Museum, while artworks from Home Made have been selected for display at the residence of the new Ambassador to China in Beijing. Kerry Ann has also recently been chosen as the artist-in-residence at the Island6 Arts Centre in Shanghai, China. 
Kerry Ann Lee – Across the Land, Across the Sea, mixed media collage, 2007
 
Home Made is proudly sponsored by:
  • Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • New Zealand China Friendship Society
  • Otago and Southland Chinese Association
  • New Zealand Chinese Association
  • Dive Otago
Kind support from Mayor Peter Chin, Malcolm Wong and members of the Dunedin community.
 
We are also seeking volunteers to help mind the exhibition for short shifts while Home Made is on display. Please get in touch if you are available to help.
 
For further details please contact:
Kerry Ann Lee
mob: 021 033 3166
 
Kate Miller, President, NZCFS
tel: 03 482 2244
 
A flyer may be downloaded from the attachment at the bottom of this page.
 
Kerry Ann Lee – Food Chain, paper cuts, 2007
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