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Artist Mei Zhao Workshops

Sat 3 June at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

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One event on Sat 3 June 2023, at 11:00 am

Artist Mei Zhao, winner of the 2022 The Foundations Artist Residency Prize awarded to a National Art School Masters graduate, is running 2 workshops over the coming weekends to produce a collaborative community art work.
Mei Zhao, a Chinese-born and Sydney-based artist. She graduated from the National Art School last year with a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. Her art practice explores multi-perspectives of Australian landscapes, focusing on Chinese market gardens in Sydney and regional NSW.
“What is your name? An insight into the migrant experience of becoming familiar with your name in another language.” is the title Mei has selected for the duo of workshops she will hold for the community and to express her gratitude to The Foundations for her residency. She is teaching the basics of monoprinting and text-art.
“The idea for this workshop comes from my trip to Riverina to research early Chinese market gardens and gardeners of 1850-1930, who lost identities during early settlement in the areas because language barriers. For example, from the local government records, Ah became the common first name of Chinese, such as Ah Xin, Ah Xiang, and Ah Hua. Xin, Xiang, and Hua, their first names, became their family names and their real surnames or family names were lost, ” said Mei.
” I would like to use this opportunity to share these migrant experiences, including my own, through a fun art-making workshop. We will explore everyone’s new identity through a different language and then create a text-based drawing on paper. We will explore different mark-making methods, including colour pencil and pen combined with monoprint techniques. The purpose of the monoprint and drawing is to create a text-artwork of your ‘new’ name in a beautiful but foreign base-image. In short: from the lost meaning process, we will focus on creating balanced imagery in a paper space, integrating monoprint marks and pencil/pen gestures.” said Mei.
Participants will be asked to monoprint their name in English and then paint or draw their name in a different language over top.
The workshops will take place on Saturday May 27 and Saturday June 3, both from 11 – 1.30, in the Annexe.
The workshops will be free and participants will have an artwork of their own to take home and a work will also be created that will hang in The Annexe as part of the growing Squatters Residency collection.


Sat 3 June
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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The Annexe, Portland
0429 001 918
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Local government area
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The Annexe
30 Williwa Street
Portland, NSW Australia
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