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May 4 – June 30, 2019
Karen Tam: With wings like clouds hung from the sky
Lee Nam, an artist and Chinese immigrant to British Columbia at the turn of the 20th century, is known to us today through the journals of Emily Carr, his friend and fellow painter. In this immersive installation, Montreal-based artist Karen Tam re-imagines Lee Nam’s painting studio, on Cormorant Street in Victoria’s Chinatown, to evoke the presence of this unknown artist. Presented in association with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Gallery Tour & Art Workshop: Lyrical Landscapes
Karen Tam draws on archival research to speculate on artistic influence and exchange between Emily Carr and Lee Nam. Using these artists’ work as a starting point, students will explore the traditions of Chinese brush painting in the creation of an artwork that expresses the lyrical poetry of our Pacific Northwest landscape.
Curriculum Connections: Art, Applied Design, Skills and Technology, Social Studies