Daniels student Andrew Chun-An Wei is participating in the 2019 University of Toronto Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition, opening April 17 at the Art Museum.
The annual exhibition celebrates the diverse artistic excellence of visual studies undergraduate students from all three campuses. This year's show considers themes of surveillance, cultural construction, and fantasy.
A 4th year undergraduate student double majoring in visual studies and architectural design, Wei will be exhibiting his piece, Jia De.
“Jia De (呷茶)” is Taiwanese for having tea," writes Wei. His installation, consisting of 28 panels and a fabric sculpture, was influenced by his grandmother's recent passing. Having tea, was an activity they often shared.
From Wei's artist statement:
The panels consist of 2 drawings – one being a line drawing of a dry tea leaf, and the second being a blob imprint created by the wet and brewed tea leaf. These daily drawings capture the two permanent stages of a tea leaf: The dry period it is stored in and the wet condition it is then discarded in. Concrete presence of the tea leaf is absent in both drawings as the line drawing is abstracted and too difficult to recognize, while the colour of the blob imprint only hints at its tea-related origins. The fabric sculpture, on the other hand, brings the often overlooked state of a tea leaf — the fluctuating state it is brewed in — into the spotlight.
The 2019 University of Toronto Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition front from April 17 to May 18, and was curated by Masters of Museum Studies students Laetitia Dandavino-Tardif, Kesang Nanglu, and Melina Mehr.