Inherited is the title for an installation piece using paper cut-outs of Straits Chinese porcelain and Chinese export ware from cargo shipwrecked in the Malacca Straits.
Chinese Straits porcelain was commissioned, made and decorated in China and used for festive/ceremonial occasions by the Straits Chinese community in the former British-controlled Straits Settlements of Penang, Malacca and Singapore. The Straits Chinese or Peranakans are generally thought to be descendants of Chinese traders who married local Malay women.
The Malacca Straits has for centuries been the most direct sea route between India and China but, due to its geography, unsecurable, making merchant vessels highly vulnerable to piracy both historically and today.
The sea, across which people and goods travel, are transported and migrate, often at great risk, is a connector between lands and the means by which my forebears arrived in Malaya (now Malaysia) from Southeast China. As well as an investigation of imported identities, and the creation of identities through cultural artefacts, the installation is a reference to current political issues around migration and to my mother’s personal story of leaving Malaya. Leaving home by sea often means leaving it behind forever.
Inherited #1 , using found atlas pages, was first shown as an installation in A Table of Elements, an exhibition of work by Helen Lindon and Joanna Jones exploring the elements and the related ideas of climate and weather. The exhibition opened with a curated conversation about climate and weather and was included in the programme for SALT: The Sea and The Environment festival, co-curated by Folkestone Quarterhouse, Folkestone Fringe and Karen Shepherdson from Canterbury Christ Church University.
The artists also created a collaborative painting during an experimental, workshop, in response to the weather.
loved Clare's vases/vessels - in the spirit of our conversations I read them as "cultural globes", or - thanks to Russel - "hyper globes".
Broken porcelain from wrecks is so full of excitement & unknown story; & your delicate approach allows for that gap of narrative.