Brenda Joy Lem
My Heart Was Becoming Less Sensitive
12.5" x 37"
Brenda Joy Lem began exhibiting her visual art in the 1980s. Her solo shows include Museum London, The Richmond Art Gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, The Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, The Varley Gallery, Museum of Chinese in the Americas in New York City and the Mississauga Art Gallery. Her award-winning films have played in major festivals including, TIFF, Ann Arbor, Images and toured North America with Asian American Film Festivals. Her works are included in the collections of the National Library of Canada, the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, the University of Hawaii, the University of Michigan and the San Francisco Art Institute, among others. She has played taiko for over 30 years and is the artistic director of Inner Truth Taiko Dojo. My art practice is a spiritual practice, the development of awareness and understanding of self. It endeavours to cultivate relationships with people, communities and nature. My work expresses my cultural values and often honours my ancestors and people within my community of artists and activists. Common themes in my work include family history, the passing down and moving through stories, trauma, energy and memory. The art forms I practice include visual art, writing, arts education, traditional & martial arts- taiko, chi kung and yoga, filmmaking and improvisational music. All of my artistic disciplines support and broaden the possibilities of one another, and along with cooking, gardening, and herbal medicine, create a whole way of being for my life.
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