Domestic Nature
drawings on paper and wood
work by Ivy Ma

Brandt Gallery
1028 Kenilworth Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Opening Reception
ArtWalk Friday
May 8
6 -10 p.m.

IVY MA (Hong Kong, China)
blogs: Perhaps, Light / Perhaps, Solitude

MA attained her BA (Fine Arts) degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) / The Art School in 2001 and the MA degree in Feminist Theory and Practice in the Visual Art University of Leeds, UK in 2002. She received the FCO Chevening University of Leeds Scholarship from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2001. Her work has been included in the Hong Kong Biennial and collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. For years, her using of ephemeral, disposable materials and found objects, the responsive site specific installations, and later, the photographic works have been creating a?spiritual journery on the state of mind, in the threads of Nature and cities. In 2007, she stayed at The Aland Archipelago Guest Artist Residence in Kokar for six-weeks, started her art practising on drawing. She has been awarded a twelve-month fellowship ( Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship) from Asian Cultural Council to take part in residency program, attend courses and observe developments in contemporary visual arts in the United States in 2008-2009. In the period of her stay, she took part in two artists' programs - The Headlands Center of the Arts in San Francisco (3 months), Location One in New York City (5 months).

About Domestic Nature

Seems, it is very reasonable to draw a tree next to a house, when one wants to make a landscape picture. However, I never make them together.

Seems, it is very comfortable to draw a flower jar on a table (maybe, against a window or wall), when one wants to make a still-life picture. However, these elements have never met.

Nature for me, is a non-native language. Maybe, we can never speak its language and there is not even a way to learn. Nature has no body. Then, when during the past 2 years, I went back and forth from Nature to the cities, I was not be able to find completed vocabularies to 'talk about' it. Nature does not guarantee an experience.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty once suggested,"Nature is what has a meaning, without this meaning being posited by thought: it is the autoproduction of a meaning. Nature is thus different from a simple thing. It has an interior, is determined from within; ...nature is different from man: it is not instituted by him and is opposed to custom, to discourse."

Perhaps what I am showing in this exhibition is like the line, from Lautreamont, in the Surrealist Manifesto: "the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella." My drawings - a stool meets a tree, bodies without head meet the text (those texts I saw on some USA road trips), a lamp meets another tree - show all these encounters, though eventually they are not actual experiences. They are only an imaginary afternoon, when I take a short walk in the woods, may be or may not be getting lost, thinking back and forth -- depart home or return home.

Ivy would like to give her sincere thanks to the following organizations for their support of her fellowship year in The States,

Asian Cultural Council (New York)
Asian Cultural Council (Hong Kong)
Headlands Centre of The Arts
Location One