A Tree Grows in Chinatown: 456 Keefer

ATGIC-456-KeeferTitle: A Tree A Tree Grows in Chinatown: 456 Keefer; Size: 12×24; Medium: inkjet print on silk and acryllic ink on canvas

456 Keefer Street was the Chinatown address of my mother’s family. We look at a photo of her two younger brothers standing on the Strathcona steps with two other boys. I ask if there was a big gang of kids that all hung out, and she says, “My brothers had lots of friends and I hung out with them”

ps. The pieces I’ve been posting here for the past few months have been made for my first solo show, “A Tree Grows in Chinatown” at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (opening 2 – 4 pm, 12 Dec 2015). I love the work, but my perfectionism and the lack of perfection in the work have come together with all the other stuff around me and made a perfect storm. I haven’t been sleeping well. I’ve been worried – the work isn’t good enough, it’s stupid, it’s boring, it’s trite, it’s derivative, there isn’t enough of it, you know, the stuff that rolls around in the head of a clever woman who is talented and skilled, but has a tendency toward laziness.

Last Thursday, after a mostly sleepless night, I met with the women who are in charge of the show, and they loved the work. They thought it was perfect, thought it was the exactly right amount of work for the space, thought the subject matter was perfect for the mandate, understood the choices I’d made, saw things that I didn’t see…Etc…All good…All good…

Maybe they were trying not to make me feel bad, but I believed them, and that’s a good thing because I am a lot more relaxed now.

I don’t know how many of you are local, but if you are, please come to the opening of “A Tree Grows in Chinatown”, my first solo show. Time is 2 – 4 pm on the 12th of December 2015 at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC ). There will be tea to drink, art to see, people to talk to, and a classical Chinese Garden in which to be contemplative.

~ by thiscassandra on Friday 27 November 2015.

2 Responses to “A Tree Grows in Chinatown: 456 Keefer”

  1. I’m no artist, but I find them moving. Congratulations on your opening from the other corner of the continent!

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