2019 February 23rd- March 29th
Mind Set Art Center | 7F., No. 180, Sec. 1, Heping E. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
Opening Reception | 2019 February 23rd 3pm
Mind Set Art Center is pleased to present you Concurrencies, the solo exhibition of Filipino artist Hanna Pettyjohn, featuring portraits of female immigrants and porcelain sculptures. The opening reception will be on February 23rd at 3pm. You are cordially invited to this event.
In the wave of conservatism in global politics, the discussion of immigration is trending all around the world. Being both Filipino and American, Pettyjohn captured the essence of the sentiment of female immigrants and depicted their life stories via merging the portrait and the landscape of their home, guiding viewers into the path of a search for identity in the era of globalization.
In every portrait, the artist combined the scenery of motherland and the things in a foreign land that are reminiscent of home to reconstruct a new image of the fading memory of the home country. The blurry silhouette of the mountains and bridges has corresponded to the hollow sculptures without the foundation as a metaphor of the fragmented and gradually disconnected memories of the past and home. In addition to that, the water lines on the top edge of the portrait not only referred to the geographical boundaries but also marked the divide between their current and past lives.
Even though the compositions of each painting are similar, Pettyjohn highlighted the differences among each female immigrant with different lighting, color and strokes to give every unique story a voice. The artist accentuated the missing humanity and individuality of immigrants representation in mass media with the layers of content about their journey of life.
About Hanna Pettyjohn
Hanna Pettyjohn was born the Philippines in 1983, and currently lives and works in Philippines and the United States. A Filipino-American with a transnational narrative, Pettyjohn possesses first-hand knowledge of the global diaspora. Autobiographical details and “fragments of memory” inform her work, which is tinged with both nostalgia and an acute awareness of life’s transience. Pettyjohn’s practice is built on reclaiming objects and impressions from the past, and repurposing them into new work.