Jennifer Ling Datchuk: Don't Worry Be Happy
Ruiz-Healy Art is pleased to present two solo shows from Jennifer Ling Datchuk at both our San Antonio and New York galleries. Visit our exhibitions page to view both shows.
This solo exhibition highlights her ceramic and photographic work, as well as her continued focus on gender, race, and identity. Don’t Worry Be Happy at our San Antonio gallery opens Wednesday, November 6, with an artist reception from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. In this show, Datchuk uses porcelain sculptures and photo documentation to explore the female body, womanhood, labor, and domesticity.
Datchuk’s solo exhibitions at Ruiz-Healy Art explore social expectations placed on girls and how this pressure translates into womanhood. In the words of the artist, this work confronts how “little girls are taught to be seen not heard, perpetuating our roles as empty vessels for the desire and fulfillment of men.” Datchuk takes on these complexities of femininity through an active recontextualization of the objects that define it. Through her championing of the handmade and her use of materials such as hair and porcelain, Datchuk seeks to rewrite the histories and traumas of womanhood and ultimately find empowerment through objects of womanhood.
Trained in craft tradition and supported by her research-based practice, Datchuk shows that no material technique is neutral as her concepts are always interwoven with her materials. By employing the historical and cultural implications of the chosen materials in her work, Datchuk uses her own personal experience and identity as a lens to understand race, gender, and identity.
Datchuk’s artwork has been part of various exhibitions throughout Texas and the United States, including Artpace, San Antonio, TX; Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA; Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA; Trinity University, San Antonio, TX; Black Cube Nomadic Museum, Denver, CO; Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY; and Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
Jennifer Ling DatchukRise Up, 2019Porcelain work, found figurine, wood shelf14 x 6 x 6"
35.6 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm
Jennifer Ling DatchukHow I Came to My Table, 2018Porcelain table and stools from Jingdezhen, China, pattern transfers, hand-painted cobalt pigment34 x 34 x 26"
86.4 x 86.4 x 66 cm
Jennifer Ling DatchukTwist and Curl, 2019Digital print, porcelain, found figurine, terracotta blocksPhotograph: 32 x 48"
Photograph: 81.3 x 121.9 cm
Jennifer Ling DatchukHanger, 2019Porcelain relief10 x 15 x 1.5"
25.4 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm
Jennifer Ling DatchukBamboo Ceiling, 2019Porcelain sculpture, found porcelain shards, sticky putty, wood shelf12.5 x 2.75 x 4.5"
31.8 x 7 x 11.4 cm
Jennifer Ling DatchukDon't Play Nice (1), 2019Porcelain, vintage decals4 x 5.5 x 5.5"
10.2 x 14 x 14 cm
Jennifer Ling DatchukDon't Play Nice (2), 2019Porcelain, vintage decals4 x 5.5 x 5.5"
10.2 x 14 x 14 cm
Jennifer Ling DatchukHappy Hair, 2019Synthetic hair, porcelain beads from Jingdezhen, China, paint63 x 57"
160 x 144.8 cm
Jennifer Ling DatchukKeep Your Goals Away From the Trolls, 2019Porcelain sculpture, sticky putty21 x 114 x 0.5"
53.3 x 289.6 x 1.3 cm
Jennifer Ling DatchukOne Tough Bitch, 2019Photograph/documentation of porcelain shards, china paints and gold leaf19 x 30"
48.3 x 76.2 cm1 / 8
Jennifer Ling DatchukTruth Before Flowers, 2019Collected porcelain plates from Bavaria, Germany, hand painted details, decals10.5 x 10.5 x 0.3"
26.7 x 26.7 x 0.6 cm