The Bouquet for the Universe|HER POWER Global Female Contemporary Art Online Exhibition 2021  · Chapter Five

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Preface(Chinese only)
HER POWER Curator Cissy Cheung   

"Her Power" Online Exhibition as "Life.Blossom" Exhibition - "Her Power" companion volume, began on International Women's Day 2021.

As the event originated in Kwangju Art Biennial in 2018, along with a motion by the President's Conference of the International Federation of Women's Arts, the event was then confirmed to be held in Hong Kong in 2021, during the International Women's Arts Federation Exhibition in Moscow in 2019.

Over the past few decades, women's art and female artists have risen, increasingly in academia, in the marketplace, making their voices heard and blooming- but not enough, yet her creativity clearly isn't silent, if not more powerful than men. Therefore, we want to build a platform for women around the world to shine; for professionalism, academic business, social responsibility and influential women's arts.

During the preparatory period, the world experienced an unprecedented "pulmonary disease". Our planning thus fell into a state of stagnancy; our plans cannot land, but our pace is still, out thinking non-stop.

In such a special historical period, long and difficult days have not been in time. Human accidents trigger our deep reflections on life: how can women cultivate strength in the limited length of life and increase the thickness and breadth of life? This was also a significant thought considered in the launching of the exhibition.

In the process of collection, we see the rich and tenacious "Her Power" conveyed by women's art. They bloom life and positive meaning in different countries and regions. They all have these things in common: they read for their own life, think for society, create portraits for the times, and hope to leave a mark on history.

The early stage of the event has been actively participated and supported by international female artists and art institutions, especially by many experts and scholars, as well as our guest curators, Dr. Han Qi, Dr. Rochelle Yang, Dr. Huang Mei, to which a series of guidance work was given. As well as thanks to Tao Weibai, Jia Fangzhou, Tong Yujie and other art and academic consultants for their strong support and guidance to the exhibition.

We believe when a person maintains an unfailing passion and enthusiasm for art, then she has given her life the meaning and value of youth. The energy yielded by the heart that burns for art is "her power" unmatched by anything else. 

IWAF was formed in 2018 in Gwangju, Korea, where we held our first committee meeting and made plans for the future. 


IWAF has representatives in twenty-three countries and approximately 120 individual artists. Countries representative in IWAF are; Australia, China, China – Hong Kong, China – Macau, Finland, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea (Daegu and Gwangju), Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Norway, Singapore, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA and Vietnam. 


IWAF grew out of INWAC – the International Women Artists Council, which was successfully active for over two decades, from the early 1990s until the sad and untimely passing of INWAC's President and founder, Dr. Yuen Chee Ling, in 2015.


Maria Esmont, IWAF Russia – Representative, proposed an IWAF International Women Artists Exhibition, to be held in Moscow in 2018. This exhibition was moved to May 2019 and was given the theme “Motherhood....hope of the future”. On behalf of all members of IWAF, we thank Maria Esmont and her team for organizing the Moscow exhibition, art conference, international children's exhibition, and wonderful tour of Moscow and her surrounding regional country towns, art galleries, and historic churches and other buildings. About 98 international artists, their friends and family enjoyed exploring Russia in the glorious Spring weather.


In Moscow, Dr. Cissy Cheung – Representative IWAF Hong Kong, proposed for the next IWAF International Women Artist Exhibition to be held in Hong Kong in 2021.


At that time no one could have foreseen the unfolding events that the COVID19 pandemic would unleash on the world. So many people have lost their lives, this has been a truly devastating time for all of humanity.
Dr. Cissy Cheung proposed the option for an 'online exhibition', as, at the time of writing, international travel is still not recommended. The worldwide vaccine champagne has only just begun. Dr. Cissy Cheung and her team have worked tirelessly to create this IWAF online exhibition, with the over-arching theme of 'Her Power' and the sub-theme 'Life Blossom'.


Though we have all been devastated by the COVID19 pandemic, as humans we strive to find and hang onto hope - we all hope that life will blossom again after COVID19. These thoughts were with us all, as we worked on our artworks, in isolation in our studios, contemplating the pandemic and its effects on our family, friends, and all of humanity. It is impossible not to link this exhibition to our collective experiences with the pandemic. It has been like a heavy blanket, that has covered and touch us all.


I thank every artist for staying positive during these difficult years and making an original artwork to share.
On behalf of all members of IWAF, we warmly thank Dr. Cissy Cheung for making IWAF – Hong Kong “Life Blossom” online exhibition a successful reality. I thank all people who have supported Dr. Cissy Cheung and her team at her art gallery, The Art of Nature, and IWAF – Hong Kong. Thank you to all sponsors who have assisted this exhibition.

Foreword
Honorary Secretary and
Representative of Austrailia of IWAF
Sandra Angliss

2021 · HER POWER

The prologue of the "Life.Blossom” Exhibition - "Her Power" Online Exhibition, was jointly initiated by HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society, Art Life Foundation, and female artists and art institutions.

 

The first stage will bring the recommendations from our academic consultants, invited curators and  International Women Artists Federation as pilot. Up to now, we have received works from around 120 artists from more than 30 regions (including oil paintings, ink paintings, installations, sculptures, photography, digital images, etc.).

 

The call for works is still open to public. The online exhibition will also be published by region, theme, category, subject, or material.

 

The content of the online exhibition will be presented on Art of Nature’s official website and the platform of "Her Art", Facebook,  and overseas online platforms.

HER POWER

Art of Nature Intrenational Female Art Online Exhibition

 Orgainisors :

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society, Art Life Foundation

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“Blooming Birds and Wombat with Wattle” , “The Strange Sea Breeze”, “Dancing with Flowers”, “Utopia”, “Waiting for Springtime”

Section 1 BLOOMING BIRDS AND

WOMBAT WITH WATTLE

 

Ann-Maree Gentile《Blooming Birds》《Garden of Flight and Fancy》

Ingrid Dusselberg《Wombat and Wattle》《Wombat》

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Ann-Maree Gentile 

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1966 with formal studies in ceramics and a BA in Aboriginal Studies. “I enjoy making art from whatever is on hand, but specialise in joyful, one off ceramic sculptures.

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Blooming Birds, 30 x 50 cm, Ceramic

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Garden of Flight and Fancy, 50 x 50 cm, Watercolour on Paper

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Ingrid Dusselbergid

Ingrid exhibits regularly nationally and internationally. She has won many awards and was a finalist in the last Australian Ceramic Award Exhibition, Manningham

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Wombat and Wattle, 34 x 11 x 16 cm, Glazed porcelain, terracotta and slip

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Wombat and Wattle, 34 x 11 x 16 cm, Glazed porcelain, terracotta and slip

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This is Wombat Joey Elsie, who is lovingly cared for by special wildlife carers until she is ready to return to the bush. Here in Australia our wildlife is sadly drastically decimated due to bushfires, logging and roadkill! But sometimes little Joeys like Elsie can be rescued out of their mum’s pouches and nurtured til they are ready to return to the wild!

Section 2 THE STRANGE SEA BREEZE

Roma McLaughlin 《Low Tide》 《Waves》

Ogawa Taeko 《The Wind of Hiroshima》

 

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Roma McLaughlin

She is interested in the complex patterns that are created when using a scalpel to cut out a variety of shapes from a single piece of paper. She likes the effect of creating light and shadow with this papercut technique.

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Low Tide, 71 x 91 cm, Fabriano paper, 2020

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Waves, 71 x 91 cm, Fabriano paper, 2020

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“These two papercuts are from an ongoing series about the Victorian coastal environment of Australia.

"I keep returning to the sea for papercut inspiration.

I watch the ebb and flow of rolling waves from cliffs above the beach and sense the ocean’s expansive otherness.

Yet I feel connected to its powerful life force and consider the past, present and future of our oceans.”

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Ogawa Taeko

Born in Kyoto. Graduated from calligraphy course in Fine Art Department of Kyoto University of Education 1973.

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The Wind of Hiroshima, 68 X 138 cm, Pigment paint, 2020

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Section 3 DANCING IN THE FLOWERS

Mi Dong Ying 《Cherry Blossoms》

Dang Thi Duong 《Tropical Floral》《Dance with the Flowers》

Jertta Ratia《A Little Bit of Spring》《Destiny of the Moment of Destiny》

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MI DING YING

President of the Japan Society of Women Artists Association of the World.

President of the Japan Society of the American Modern Color & Ink Research Institute.

Managing Director of the Overseas Chinese Literature Artists Association.

Fellows of the People's Friendship Association of China International Arts Exchange Institute.

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Cherry Blossoms, 40 x 47.5cm, Sumi-ink, Pigment paint ink, Handmade paper, 2020

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It is a really mysterious year, 2020, when cherry blossoms bloomed in the snow.

In the clear air of winter, delicate cherry blossoms bloomed stealthily with all their strength. People say, “One meeting, one opportunity”; It is the only chance in a life-time. The cherry blossoms happened to bloom in the snow once in 100 years. It seemed a god came to dwell in each branch of the cherry tree. I drew that moment of the pure time from my heart. I was satisfied with the moment, which gave me a feeling of being alive.

I would like to send the mysterious cherry blossoms I cherished to the people I care about.

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DANG THI DUONG

- MFA  Ho Chi Minh City Colleges of Fine Arts

  • Member of International Women Artists Federation- Representative of Vietnam

  • Member of VN and HCMC Fine Arts Associations

  • Former Lecturer / Head of Basic Department of HCMC  Fine Arts University (1985- 2010)

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Tropical Floral, 70 x 70 cm, Ink on canvas, 2020

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Dance with the Flowers, 80 x 80cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2020

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JERTTA RATIA

Representative of Finland of International Women Artists Federation. Member of The Finnish Painters’ Union, the Helsinki Artists’ Association and the Vyborg Artists’ Association (Finland). Studied Free Art School and Master class of oil painting at Finnish Painters’ Union. Participated in over 20 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions.

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A Little Bit of Spring, 80 x 120 cm, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2020

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Destiny of the Moment of Destiny, 100 x 100 cm, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 2019

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Section 4 UTOPIA

Sandra Angliss 《Cornacopia》《King Red and Possum Magic》

Fay Salmon 《Peaceful Garden》

Rajanee Prakkamakul 《Life Blossom- Happiness for all》

Chanida Kanchanalarp《Happiness Life》

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Sandra Angliss

Artist and art teacher, living and working in regional Victoria, Australia. Obtained Bachelor of Arts (Painting and Printmaking) from RMIT, Melbourne in 1988, Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts Education) from Melbourne University in 1991, and Bachelor of Teaching from Deakin University in 2001.

Currently Honorary Secretary of IWAF, was Honorary Secretary of IWAC from 1999 to 2017, and Artist In Residence, Conservatory Fine Arts (Penang, Malaysia), in 1996.

Important Exhibitions

2019 11th Thailand-Malaysia International Women Artists Exhibition, Penang, Malaysia 

2019 International Women Artists Exhibition, Yangon, Myanmar

2019 Inaugural IWAF International Women Artists Exhibition “Motherhood – Hope of the World”  Moscow, Russia

2018 International Women's Arts Festival, Memory and History, Gwangju, South Korea

2018 Paint Glenlyon.  Glenlyon, Victoria.

2015 Infinite Love, 1st Hong Kong International Female Contemporary Art Exhibition, Hong Kong 

1998-2016 'Her Presence in Colours International Women Artists Exhibitions’, Malaysia, Thailand, England, Australia, Korea, China, USA, Vietnam, Mongolia, Taiwan   

1997  ‘Cancer – the Journey’, Vic Health Access Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria Awards

Award

2018 Inaugural Dee Waterhouse Award, First Prize, 'Paint Glenlyon 2018'

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Cornacopia, 60 x 75cm, Oil, food dye and charcoal on canvas, 2020

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King Red and Possum Magic, 60 x 75cm, Oil, food dye and marker pen on canvas, 2020

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Fay Salmon

Graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from Latrobe University. She has participated in group exhibitions internationally and in Melbourne and Victoria.  Exhibitions include. "Her Presence in Colours” in Melbourne, Beijing, Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Moscow. She participated in the Imago Mundi Exhibition in Vienna as part of the 55th Biennale of Venice.

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Peaceful Garden

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Rajanee Prakkamakul

Member of IWAF Thailand. Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Srinakarinthaviroj University and studied visual art from professor Aree Suthiphan. Studied from Mr. William Marazzi, an American art tutor and art critic in Bangkok, and Chinese art from Mr. Zheng Yanyan, a university art tutor in Bangkok.

 

Important Exhibitions

2019 IWAF, Mosco, Russia

2007-2019 Asian Invitation Art in Korea, Inchoen

2006-2018 INWAC Exhibition in Korea, China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Taiwan, and Shanghai

1988-2017 Solo and group exhibitions in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Thailand

2012-2013 Brooklyn Sketch Book Project at Brooklyn Gallery, USA

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Life Blossom- Happiness for all, 30 x 60cm, Acrylic on canvas

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This painting depicts the Life Blossom in a native Thai village, where people coexist with nature. Up above the sky, the sun shines brightly and gives warmth to the land below, without which life on earth can never be.

The people live a simple life in tilted wooden houses, small and simple, but comfortable.  They grow rice, vegetables, all sorts of herbs and fruits to sustain their living. Apart from that, they raise chickens and ducks, etc. and keep small ponds for freshwater fish.

They grow flowers that give them beauty and fragrance. The arrival of spring brings hope and confidence to the people, they feel strong and positive.

In this utopia surrounding it is the happiness of all.

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Chanida Kanchanalarp

Born in 1947. Member of INWAC since 1999 and co-president of IWAA - Thailand. Since 1992, she has held several water-colour and oil painting exhibitions, and has exhibited in group exhibition in Sheffield, Daegue, Melbourne, Beijing, Mongolia, Taiwan, Moscow and Shanghai.

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Happiness Life, 30 x 40cm x 2, Oil on canvas, 2021

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Section 5 WAITING FOR SPRINGTIME

Nguyen Thi Kim Chi 《Festivity (Flora)》

Kathy Fahey 《Wattle in the Time of Covid》《Coming out of Covid》

Erica Hestu Wahyuni 《Harvest Towards Prosperity in the New Year》

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NGUYEN THI KIM CHI

Member of IWAF. Born 1969 in Saigon, Vietnam.

Held solo exhibitions and joined group exhibitions in Vietnam, USA, Singapore, Taiwan, Chile, Inwaa. Currently member of The Fine Art Association of Vietnam, and The Fine Art Association Ho Chi Minh City.

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Festivity (Flora), 80 x 100 cm, Oil on canvas, 2020

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Peddling at a young age for livelihood has made Nguyen appreciating the hardworking people. The people collecting recyclables, tools repairer and many other street peddlers making a livelihood with their bare hands, they deeply imprinted in my mind and remains subjects of my work.

 

Besides, inspired by childhood games, my subject is favorably the children’s pinwheel, windmill, contrasting with the modern wind-turbine. Puppets is an exaggerative portray.

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Kathy Fahey

Education

2006-2009: Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting), RMIT University, Melbourne

1994-1999: Visual Arts, Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Melbourne

1993: Certificate of Art & Design, Fremantle Institute of TAFE, Perth

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Coming out of Covid, 56 x 76cm, Acrylic on paper, 2020

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Wattle in the time of Covid, Acrylic and pencil on paper, 76cm x 56cm,2020

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" ‘Coming out of Covid’ and ‘Wattle in the time of Covid’ are paintings that I made in 2020 during the lockdown caused by the global pandemic.  They are paintings of remnant bushland near my home in Melbourne.

During the lockdown friends and I regularly took long walks in this bushland and watched as the landscape changed with the passing of the seasons.  One of the most startling and beautiful changes was the blossoming of the wattle trees abundant in the park.  These vibrant, yellow blossoms that herald Spring in Australia, became a symbol of hope and endurance, a promise of better times to come."

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ERICA HESTU WAHYUNI

Indonesian Artist.

 

Graduated from Indonesian Fine Art Institue, Yogyakarta in 1998 and Surikov Art Institute, Moscow in 2004. Held 8 solo exhibitions and participated in 26 national exhibitions and 13 international exhibitions.

Harvest Towards prosperity in the New Year.Acrylic on Canvas Teakwood Carved frame, 107x10

Harvest Towards Prosperity In the New Year, 107 x 107cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2021

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This exhibition not only visually displays the unique and delicate creations of women, but also hopes to bring out the possibility of women’s perception and feminine aesthetics in contemporary art, beside the men-dominated mainstream, and promote their representability in the art world. This exhibition would serve as a forum for dialogue of the reflections on social culture and the examination of personal issues from women’s point of view, mainly delivered by their works of all forms.

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society was founded in 2011 as a Hong Kong registered non-profit organisation; with the objective of uniting female art enthusiasts across Hong Kong, China, and overseas. It welcomes any and all females in art-related fields, as well as those interested in promoting contemporary female artwork. The Society aims to sponsor female artists and help them achieve their full potential. It has established the “Infinite Love” Series Triennial on 2015 and “Her.Power” Series Online Exhibition on 2020.

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