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ACC Lecture Series: Jennifer Ling Datchuk
November 9, 2017, at 7:00pm
Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Road • Portland, Oregon
The ACC Lecture Series is proud to present artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk. Join ACC and Oregon College of Art and Craft in welcoming Datchuk as she talks about her current practice and how it is informed by her personal narratives of being an other. She explores this conflict through her chosen media – porcelain, which nods to her Chinese heritage and also represents “pure” white, the white desire she finds in both cultures.
Jennifer Ling Datchuk is a ceramic sculptor and artist born in Warren, Ohio, and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother came to this country in the early 1970s from China. Her father was born and raised in Ohio by Russian and Irish immigrant parents. Beyond initial appearances, the layers of her parents’ past and present histories are extremely overwhelming and complicated – a history of conflict she has inherited and a perpetual source for her work. She captures this conflict by exploring the emotive power of domestic objects and rituals that fix, organize, soothe, and beautify our lives. Trained in ceramics, Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work – such as fabric, embroidery, and floral patterns – to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, identity, and personal history.