Exhibitions

Ports of Entry explores what it means to be Chinese in Canada.

This body of work was researched and conceptualized from 2018 - 2021, culminating in an extended trip through British Columbia in 2021, to research the history of Chinese settler migration from the late 1800s. My trip wound along the Gold Rush Trail and alongside the railway routes carved into the mountainsides by Chinese labourers. I recorded the juxtapositions of the celebrated histories and landmarks with the indelible marks left on the landscape by the labour of Chinese settlers. Movement and migration write on to the landscape who has privilege, who must pay, who is held apart and separate.

This multi-media exhibition encompasses traditional drawings and paintings, juxtaposed with animated and interactive artwork. 

Ports of Entry

Single channel video, 4:55 

Original artwork by Janet Wang

Animations by Nastenka Alava and Yejin Kim

Sound design & original composition by Micah Meuleman

2021

Created with the generous support of the BC Arts Council

Joss House

Marigold dye, Chinese and foraged black walnut ink

on cold-pressed watercolour paper

20x 30 inches

2021

Altar (Barkerville)

Marigold dye, Chinese and foraged black walnut ink

on cold-pressed watercolour paper

20x 30 inches

2021

Goldenrod

foraged black walnut & goldenrod ink

2019

Canadian Tree

Ink and egg tempera

2019

Shoreline

foraged black walnut, sumac and shellac inks

2019

Water Access Only 2

Ink on paper

2018

Prosper, Pine

egg tempera on board

2016

Pieta

egg tempera on glass and marble

2009