Aesthetic of Surfaces
September 15 – November 25, 2018
Shellie Zhang’s Aesthetic of Surfaces examines the many ways that complex notions of identity and place are translated or mistranslated through mass produced goods. Zhang’s series of images and vinyl wallpaper installations depict merchandise collected from Chinatowns and ornate Chinese floral motifs that comment on the markers of femininity and exoticism that are perpetuated by mundane objects. This project leads us to questions of intention, cultural exchange and who has the power to culturally borrow from whom.