Explore Asian influence in impressive showcase

WITh artworks ranging from watercolour, ink and pen, to aerosol, acrylic, glass and sculpture, the ‘Cultural Cartography’ exhibition launched last week at Bankstown Arts Centre.

It features the work of five young Asian Australian artists including Bankstown resident NC Qin (Nancy Yu) who is exploring the history of ancient battle artefacts with her primary medium of glass.
A regular recycle-bin raider at Sydney Glass in Bankstown, she feels privileged to be able to transform discarded glass remnants into objects of beauty.
“Glass is a generous storyteller who can reflect the mind’s innermost thoughts and experience,” she said.
“Cast glass, different from blown or lamp-worked glass which many may be familiar with, has a more somber voice.
“Unlike its siblings which work with a quick-handed craftsmanship, cast glass is a time-consuming and labour intensive process with a delayed gratification point.
“But its mysterious gravitas makes it worthwhile; the result is a beauty with a soft but profound song of its own.
“My art journey is one focused on learning from the craft and letting my philosophy be shaped by it. I hope to emerge, someday, forged by the flames of patience into a true master of the glass art.”
To kick-off Lunar New Year celebrations, the artists – who also comprise Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Chris Yee, Christina Huynh and Anney Bounpraseuth – will speak about their artistic and cultural influences with curator Guan Wei and Professor Jing Han at the Arts Centre and online via Facebook Live on Saturday, January 29, 2-3.30pm.
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On offer in person and online until Sunday, February 20, the exhibition is held in partnership with Western Sydney University Institute for Australian and Chinese Art and Culture.