Drawn In

Abstract

Art, has always been about reflecting and interpreting the world. It also appears that much of today's output seems directed towards highly individual, so artists seem to demand an intimate, and personal engagement with their art. Drawing has become such perfect platform to accommodate the artists’ personal, intimate and direct experiences of belonging in transcultural environment, to serve their needs of publicly expressing the sensitive and strong responses to the social, political and cultural changes in their life. “Our identity as individuals and how we connect with new places…is deeply personal”. [1] Such personal connection with new destination has led to various individual experiences of dealing with issues of transcultural displacement and belonging. Some of theAustralian drawings have become evident engagement of the transcultural changes, which have been increasingly complex. This paper therefore will take three cases to examine how some Australian artists have taken drawing as their strong expression upon their experiences of dealing with transcultural displacement and belonging. An individual Chinese artist living in Sydney sees her life as a special journey both physically and mentally. Her appreciation of the benefit of learning from both cultures has led to a genuine exploration of existence in between two cultures by choosing to make drawing as an ongoing search. A group of three female artists with different life experiences meeting in Sydney have started collaborative drawings to take their position to investigate the negotiation and confrontation when life meets different cultures. Final case of a recent exhibition including 10 artists from diverse backgrounds will suggest some exciting possibilities for the themes of transcultural belonging and displacement in Australia in their approaches to drawing.

[1] http://www.artlink.com.au/issues/3110/diaspora/



Author Information
Wenmin Li, The University of New South Wales, Australia

Paper Information
Conference: ACCS2013
Stream: Cultural Studies

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