My exhibition has been reviewed in The Art Life:
"Along the upper corridor is the work of Yang-En Hume, comprising mixed-media drawings, framed photographs and a collection of jars containing dolls heads in brown liquid, like vitrines from the laboratory of Frankenstein. Hume is interested in the way in which dolls have historically been used as aides to prescribe socially acceptable roles for little girls – teaching them about modesty, compliance and the importance of beauty. There is nothing modest, compliant or beautiful about Hume’s use of dolls, which she dismembers and defiles in her re-configuring of their social function. These uncanny specimens are called such things as Lipotes vexillifer and Incilius periglenes. I assumed this was Hume’s own pseudo-Latin, but lucky for Google! These two examples are actually the Chinese river dolphin and the Golden toad, found in Costa Rica. Their literal meanings are not the point however, but rather they link these works to notions of the strange. The issue of sexuality is as unavoidable in Hume’s work as in Chow’s and yet perhaps more disturbing for its distortion through the prism of the little girl’s plaything. Hume questions and challenges what we teach children about their bodies, sexuality and especially, I would argue, privileged Western notions of beauty."
Head over to the Art Life to read the full review written by Meredith Birrell:
I'll also be giving an artist talk tomorrow (Sat 1st March) at 5pm at the Gallery: 735 Bourke St, Redfern. Hope to see you there.