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Lijun Chao & Andy Holliday

Lijun Chao & Andy Holliday

HPL Galleries is thrilled to announce this online exhibition, Translations, by printmakers, artists and educators Lijun Chao and Andy Holliday. This exhibition will consist of nine collaborative works that investigate how their shared process brings about a visualization of their subjective experiences.

Lijun Chao teaches drawing at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. She is originally from Heze City, Shandong Province in China. She studied painting and drawing from a young age and went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree from Heze University. There she studied traditional Chinese ink and watercolor painting. She continued her studies with an MFA in Painting from SIU Carbondale. 

Andy Holliday is Visiting Assistant Professor of Foundations at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. He earned his MFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and his BFA in Printmaking from Auburn University. His studio practice ranges from printmaking to ceramics and sculpture. His recent work explores communication, translation, and the constructive and destructive nature of relationships.

Exhibition Statement:

Translations constitutes a fully collaborative practice by Lijun Chao and Andy Holliday. We use serigraphy (silk screen printing) to rapidly respond and develop visual statements through states. The methodology varies from a series of prints created in cumulative states to a series of visual translations responding to verbal prompts.

The process highlights the roles of theory of mind and empathy in our creative relationship. Each of us asks the other to execute specific images that relate to our social dynamic, challenges we are facing as individuals, and our subjective experiences. As we each make individual images or contributions to larger works, we need to go beyond the role of translator to exercise our ability to visualize the subjective experiences of the other. As we do so, the image is inevitably distinct from the original idea. As we ask one another to visually describe the pressures of motherhood, cultural discomfort, or the pressures of making impossible choices, we only have individual experiences to draw upon. The resulting work highlights dissonance in our communication with one another, but it also exercises those skills that are useful on overcoming it.