Between Auspicious Forms presents a collection of small intricate vessels and wearable pieces by Bic Tieu that explore the rituals and cultural expressions of her Chinese heritage against the Australian household landscape.
Using the rich symbolism of traditional Chinese culture, Tieu utilises the vessel form and the concept of containment in her contemporary interpretation of traditional Japanese lacquering techniques. Tieu is widely considered to be Australia’s leading exponent in this field and is currently undertaking her PhD at ANU in Canberra.
“I consider the ‘vessel’ as an analogy for heritage, family and culture. I am investigating auspicious and spiritual assumptions associated with traditional values. The circumference of the container and the space it holds reflects [for me], the divide between beliefs and superstitions”.