Later, Longer, Fewer: The Work of Jennifer Ling Datchuk
On view through January 8, 2022
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents “Later, Longer, Fewer: The Work of Jennifer Ling Datchuk,” an exhibition of blue-and-white porcelain sculptures, large-scale multimedia installations, and performance video that critiques the realities and contemporary perceptions of women’s access and liberation. Using Asian motifs that are common in blue-and-white porcelain, coupled with the design and material language of domestic objects and feminine beauty products, Jennifer Ling Datchuk elevates stories of silent sisterhood and feminist perspectives while exposing systematic inequities that continue to stifle women’s progress.
As a Chinese American woman, Datchuk delves into the complicated and sometimes overwhelming aspects of growing up in a blended family. She states, “My work has always been an exploration of my layered identity–as a woman, a woman of color, an ‘American,’ and as a third-culture kid.”
[Image: Jennifer Ling Datchuk, “How I came to my table,” 2019. Porcelain table and stools made in collaboration with a table and stool factory in Jingdezhen, China; blue and white pattern transfers; cobalt decoration. 34 x 34 x 26 inches. Photo courtesy of Women & Their Work.]