Shown in Recess, curated by Jaycee Tu with Rowena Katigbak, Eric Oh, Lina Wu, Yuma Yanagisawa, Cristine Yunyk, from April 12 - May 11, 2019 at Xpace Cultural Centre. All documentation by Polina Teif.
Treasure is a series of interactive mixed-media assemblages generated from a combination of handcrafted and found objects that interrogate notions of value and authenticity through touch and play.
“Wu’s series of shrines comprises of their collection and informed by her obsession with trinkets that relate to her childhood, as well as to her family’s Chinese-Canadian immigration experiences. Playfully handmade interpretations of familiar objects and icons of Wu’s younger self are included in the shrines, they represent the interpretations or misinterpretations caused intergenerationally in families living in the diaspora. Collaging various items such as Hello Kitty stickers, Chinese School exercise books, childhood journals, red pockets and more- the artist turns fleeting memories into a monumentalized shrine to recall her childhood self...Treasure unearths complexities about childhood memory, joy and the emotional worth of material possessions, through the acts of collection and memorialization.” - Jaycee Tu, curator’s essay