Huxley-Parlour Hannah Lim

Current

25.11 – 21.1 2023

Hannah Lim:The Tiger’s Eye

Hannah Lim:The Tiger’s Eye

25.11 – 21.01.2023

Current

Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

45 Maddox Street
London
W1S 2PE

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.

THE EXHIBITION

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The Works

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1

Hannah Lim

Heart of Fire Snuff Bottle

2022

Jesmonite, polymer clay, chalk and resin gloss

2

Hannah Lim

Creature In The Glowing Window Snuff Bottle

2022

Jesmonite, polymer clay, chalk and resin gloss

3

Hannah Lim

Lavender Koi Snuff Bottle

2022

Jesmonite, polymer clay, chalk and resin gloss

4

Hannah Lim

Spirit House Snuff Bottle

2022

Jesmonite, polymer clay, chalk and resin gloss

5

Hannah Lim

Five Eyed Seraph Snuff Bottle

2022

Jesmonite, polymer clay, chalk and resin gloss

6

Hannah Lim

Fire Spirit Snuff Bottle

2022

Jesmonite, polymer clay, chalk and resin gloss

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Hannah Lim

Pearl Phoenix Snuff Bottle

2022

Jesmonite, polymer clay, chalk and resin gloss

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Hannah Lim

Eight Eyed Rainbow Fish Snuff Bottle

2022

Jesmonite, polymer clay, chalk and resin gloss

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Hannah Lim

Rainbow Serpent Snuff Box

2022

Jesmonite, polymer clay, chalk and resin gloss

10

Hannah Lim

Entangled Qilin

2022

Watercolour on Fabriano Rosapina paper in a laser cut MDF frame, painted with acrylic emulsion and finished with clay details

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Hannah Lim

A Beast Drawn Carriage

2022

Watercolour on Fabriano Rosapina paper in a laser cut MDF frame, painted with acrylic emulsion and finished with clay details

12

Hannah Lim

What’s Caught The Tiger’s Eye?

2022

Watercolour on Fabriano Rosapina paper in a laser cut MDF frame, painted with acrylic emulsion and finished with clay details

13

Hannah Lim

The Captivated Tiger

2022

Watercolour on Fabriano Rosapina paper in a laser cut MDF frame, painted with acrylic emulsion and finished with clay details

14

Hannah Lim

The Diving Seven Headed Phoenix

2022

Watercolour on Fabriano Rosapina paper in a laser cut MDF frame, painted with acrylic emulsion and finished with clay details

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Hannah Lim

The Beast With The Crowned Antlers

2022

Watercolour on Fabriano Rosapina paper in a laser cut MDF frame, painted with acrylic emulsion and finished with clay details

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Hannah Lim

Tiger Tower

2022

Watercolour on Fabriano Rosapina paper in a laser cut MDF frame, painted with acrylic emulsion and finished with clay details

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Hannah Lim

The Golden Arch Window

2022

Watercolour on Fabriano Rosapina paper in a laser cut MDF frame, painted with acrylic emulsion and finished with clay details

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