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Kejie Lin: The Mind’s Garden

Mon – Sat, 12 – 5pm

Preview 24 August 2023, 6 – 9pm

Newcastle Contemporary Art

In collaboration with Confucius Institute at Newcastle University, Newcastle Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition by Kejie Lin, a Canada-based Chinese artist & landscape designer.

Curated by Yuluo Anita Wei, The Mind’s Garden presents a collection of paintings that exudes a raw and profound sense of personal exploration, delving into the intricacies of nature, time, and the healing power of self-expression.

In response to the Covid pandemic, Kejie captured the serene and enchanting scenes of her garden as a sanctuary. In contrast to the fast-paced and consumer-driven culture of today, she deliberately chose to employ meticulous gongbi brushwork techniques in her paintings. This approach required time, patience, and attention to detail, allowing her to immerse herself in a state of inner peace amidst the chaos of the world. By focusing on her spiritual world and soul, the artist sought to find beauty in life and cultivate positive and healthy energy inspired from the resilience and vitality of nature.

By sharing a personal journey of finding solace and inspiration in nature, the exhibition invites viewers to reflect on their own experiences and hopes to resonate with viewers on a deep emotional level.