Galerie Fons Welters is proud to announce Jennifer Tee’s solo exhibition ‘Heart Ferment’. Tee’s sculptures and installations hover between their concrete forms and the anticipation of a moment in which these forms could be activated, or animated in some kind of ritual meditation. Her artistic practice foregrounds the need for both opposition and balance, in order to make sense of the material world and the inner soul. Take for example the titles of a series of ceramic urns that is at the starting point of this exhibition:
‘Oracle Bones’; ‘Wild Patience’; ‘Practical Magic’; ‘Occult Geometry’; ‘Heart Ferment’
These linguistic pairings seem at once random and essential; together they could even form a concrete poem. The coupling of words triggers a string of associations, which goes beyond our everyday perception of the real. ‘Heart Ferment’ is the pairing that lends the exhibition its title, leaving us wondering whether this is a moulding or fertilizing heart.
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Jennifer Tee, ‘heart ferment' installation view, 2014; © Photography by Gert Jan van Rooij / Courtesy Galerie Fons Welter
More about Jennifer Tee(b. 1973, Arnhem, the Netherlands)
Jennifer Tee works comprise sculpture, installation, performance, photography, and collages, all with a wide-ranging underlying frame of reference. Of central importance is Tee’s interest in the in-between state of what she calls the soul in limbo*. The soul in limbo is restless and alive, and caught in an unnamed place – a conceptual, mental, psychological, and physical space – on the border between the here and the possible. Tee also researches contemporary life, with its cross-cultural identity and narratives, its instability and complexity, and its potential for the loss of identity, language, and kinship with original cultures. In addition, Tee explores various forms of utopian concepts of life and their potential for creating a new and more beautiful and soulful world. With her work, she encourages the contemplation of life’s fragile connections, evoking spiritual realms with active material experimentation.
(text source: Artist's Website)
Education: MFA, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1998-1999. St. Joost, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Breda; Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art and Design, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1995-1998.
(Image on top: Jennifer Tee, ‘heart ferment’, 2014, Ceramic , 46 x 14 x 14 cm; © Photography by Gert Jan van Rooij / Courtesy Galerie Fons Welters)