The works of Jennifer Tee respond to experiences of cultural hybridity, identity and language, and trade routes between people, commodities and objects from nature. Tee’s works in Istanbul take on the motif of tulips. The artist is showing a series of collages made with pressed tulip petals, drawing from motifs of souls continuing on to new lives taken from tampan and palepai textiles from Sumatra. She is also carrying out research in a museum garden in the Netherlands called Hortus Bulborum and has collaborated with Jane Lewty on an eco-poetry performance involving several dancers. Alongside these works, Tee has developed a knitted floor piece on which visitors can recline during invited moments.

Jennifer Tee (b. 1973, Arnhem, the Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The objects Tee creates could be seen as material representations of the journey of the soul. Questioning the relationship between spirit and matter, she works to give form to the intangible through material experimentation and performative gestures. Recent solo exhibitions include Let It Come Down, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2017-2018); Let It Come Down, Camden Arts Centre, London (2017); Structures of Recollections and Perseverance, Kunstraum, London (2017); Tulip Palepai, navigating the River of the World, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2017). Group exhibitions include São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo (2018); What People Do for Money, Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016).

EXHIBITED WORKS

Tampan Natural System of Souls, 2019
Tulip petal collage print on 316 g. museum etching paper
186 × 165 cm

Tampan Tree of Life, Semangka Bay, 2019
Tulip petal collage print on 316 g. museum etching paper
165 × 188 cm

Tao Magic, 2017
Glazed ceramics, perforated, dented
24 × 24 × 12 cm

Lines ~ Swirls ~ Bones, 2018
Ceramic terracotta
Dimensions variable

Crystalline floorpieces/Green Earth, 2019
Hand-dyed wool, hand knitted
303 × 540 × 20 cm
Eight glazed ceramic oval spheres
56 × 15 × 9 cm

Tao Magic Matte Black/Blazing Yellow, 2017
Glazed ceramics, perforated, dented
30 × 30 × 15 cm

Tao Magic, Morning Dew, 2017
Glazed ceramics, perforated
30 × 21 × 12 cm

Tampan Tree of Life, 2016
Tulip petal collage print on 316 gr. museum etching paper
165 × 150 cm

Tampan Ship of Souls, 2016
Tulip petal collage print on 316 gr. museum etching paper
190 × 170 cm

Revolt Chair, 2019
Chair, paint, books
48 × 48 × 80 cm

Tao Magic No:1 Matt White/ Almond Blossom, 2017
Glazed ceramics, perforated, dented
30 × 30 × 15 cm

Abstraction of a Shape, Form and Presence No:11, 2018
Glazed ceramics
30 × 21 × 12 cm

Abstraction of a Shape, Form and Presence No:12, 2018
Glazed ceramics
30 × 21 × 12 cm

Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam.
Presented with the support of Mondriaan Fund, Outset Netherlands and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Istanbul.

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