Kejie Lin: The Mind’s Garden

Exhibition view of The Mind’s Garden by Kejie Lin at Newcastle Contemporary Art. Photo credit: Yuluo Anita Wei.

Artist: Kejie Lin 林可婕

Curator: Yuluo Anita Wei

Time: 24th – 31st August, 2023

Location: Newcastle Contemporary Art

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Exhibition view of The Mind’s Garden by Kejie Lin at Newcastle Contemporary Art.

In collaboration with Confucius Institute at Newcastle University, a solo exhibition by Kejie Lin, Canada-based Chinese artist & landscape designer. Curated by Yuluo Anita Wei.

Presenting a collection of paintings that exudes a raw and profound sense of personal exploration, The Mind’s Garden delves into the intricacies of nature, time, and the healing power of self-expression.

During the years 2019 to 2022 when the world was deeply affected by the pandemic, emotions such as pain, suppression, sadness, and fear permeated people’s lives. In response to this challenging period, Kejie captured the serene and enchanting scenes of her garden as a sanctuary. 

In contrast to the fast-paced and consumer-driven culture of today, she deliberately chose to employ meticulous gongbi brushwork techniques in her paintings. This approach required time, patience, and attention to detail, allowing her to immerse herself in a state of inner peace amidst the chaos of the world. By focusing on her spiritual world and soul, the artist sought to find beauty in life and cultivate positive and healthy energy inspired from the resilience and vitality of nature.

By sharing a personal journey of finding solace and inspiration in nature, the exhibition invites viewers to reflect on their own experiences and hopes to resonate with viewers on a deep emotional level.

The Light of the Setting Sun, Chinese ink and colour on rice paper, 120 x 160 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

PREVIEW: Thursday 24th August 2023, 6-9pm (gallery open from 12pm)

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