25.11 – 21.1 2023
Hannah Lim:The Tiger’s Eye
25.11 – 21.01.2023
Huxley-Parlour are pleased to present The Tiger’s Eye – a solo exhibition by British artist, Hannah Lim, at their Maddox Street gallery. Lim presents mixed-media sculpture and watercolour paintings which take imaginative departure from Chinoiserie to reflect on cultural exchanges between Europe and East and South East Asia, and to explore her own identity as a woman of mixed British and Singaporean heritage. It will be Lim’s first exhibition with Huxley-Parlour, and the first time she has exhibited watercolour paintings.
Lim creates colourful and intricate snuff boxes, gates, altarpieces, and hanging ornaments which take direct inspiration from Chinoiserie – a seventeenth century aesthetic style derived from a rising trade with China, and more insidiously a colonial romanticisation of the East as Edward Said describes as ‘a place of romance, exotic beings, haunting memories and landscapes’. Lim’s colourful sculptures, which are often anthropomorphised with little eyes, legs, arms and feet, returns agency to objects which have historically been home to a projected ‘sovereign western consciousness’ which understood Asia as ‘one of its deepest and most recurring images of the other’, but in many ways too, ‘a surrogate and even underground self’. Taking both ancient Chinese and medieval bestiaries as an aesthetic source, Lim uses intricate design and mythological creatures to examine the complex configurations of power and identity conferred to Chinoiserie, whilst also exploring her own identity as a woman of mixed heritage in parallel.
The exhibition is held at HUXLEY-PARLOUR, 45 Maddox Street. It is open Monday-Saturday. 10am-5.30pm on weekdays and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.
Hannah Lim makes work in response to Orientalism, the colonial romanticisation of the East, with a particular focus on the eighteenth-century aesthetic trend of ‘Chinoiserie’. Through the production of anthropomorphic, intricate sculptures, that oscillate playfully between function and ornament, Lim’s practice engages with cultural exchanges between the Europe and South and South-East Asia. Lim seeks to reclaim and reimagine a dialogue between East and West, while examining the complex configurations of power and identity conferred historically by ‘Chinoiserie’.
Hannah Lim studied Sculpture at The University of Edinburgh before going on to complete her MFA at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. She has exhibited widely across the UK, including solo shows at Commonage Projects (2022), and Edinburgh Printmakers (2022). She has also exhibited in several group exhibitions, including Bloomberg New Contemporaries at South London Galleries (2022). She is the recipient of multiple awards, such as the Hospitalfield Residency (2021), the Home Residency by Ronan Mckenzie and Cob Gallery (2021), selected for RSA New Contemporaries (2022) and is currently Pangolin London’s 2022-2023 Artist in Residence.
She lives and works in London