Rhododendrons in bloom – University of British Columbia Rose Garden.
Photos: Lena Tan, 2018
Artist Trading Cards
by Lena Tan
October 4 – 27, 2017
Wed., October 4th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Britannia Art Gallery (located in the library)
1661 Napier St., Vancouver, B.C.
Mural by Mark Illing, for Vancouver Mural Festival 2016
Muralists: Alison Woodward and Graeme McCormack, for Vancouver Mural Festival 2016
Muralists: Tidal Recall, NOMADIC ALTER NATIVES (Nelson and Xochitl Garcia-leal), for Vancouver Mural Festival 2016
Soul Gardens, 2011. Muralists: Jordan Bent, Indigo, Scott Sueme, Melanie Shambach, Take5. Researchers: Wayde Compton, Lani Russwurm, Anne Marie Slater, Sid Tan and Cease Wyss. Project Coordinators: Irwin Oostindie, Lianne Payne.
Co-ordinated by the W2 community media-arts centre, “the project draw[s] heavily on individual and shared narratives within founding DTES cultural groups including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations, and African, Chinese, Japanese and European settlers. In addition to a large public mural, Soul Gardens will create a dynamic online interface inviting individuals to share recipes, stories, photos and other information about how food has played a role in shaping their experience of Vancouver.”
Photos: Lena Tan, 2017
The sky is light gray, there is a dampness on the road, a bit of wind but no rain – it is just such a day and the wild plum in the backyard is almost in bloom.
Li Qingzhao: Song to the tune of “Pusaman”
Translation and artwork: Lena Tan, 2006
Li Qingzhao (c.1083-aft.1149) was the daughter of a respected scholar and official in Song dynasty China. Her husband was often traveling on official business, perhaps accounting for the recurrent theme of aloneness in her poetry, although the loneliness of women was a common subject for this form of poetry written to the tunes of popular songs. In 1126, the Song capital fell to northern invaders and the court retreated southward to establish a new capital in Hangzhou. Li’s husband died at this time and she was left on her own to relocate her household.