Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Trained in ceramics, multidisciplinary artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk works with porcelain and other materials often associated with traditional women’s work, such as textiles and hair, to discuss fragility, beauty, femininity, intersectionality, identity, and personal history. Her work is an exploration of her layered identity – as a woman, a Chinese woman, as an “American,” as a third culture kid.
Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum to conduct her studio practice at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany and has participated in residencies at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, Vermont Studio Center, European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands, Artpace in San Antonio, Texas and the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Residency in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 2017, she received the Emerging Voices award from the American Craft Council and in 2020 was named a United States Artist Fellow in Craft. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, San Antonio Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ and lives and maintains a studio in Phoenix, Arizona.
Giddy Up and Roar (Protect, Love Yourself, Aiyah)
Porcelain, handwash, microwave safe, 5" x 6" x 2.5"
$150 for each edition
I want to celebrate the year of the dragon by continuing to harness and celebrate the power of our voices. As the first generation, daughter of an immigrant from Guangzhou, China and of mixed race identity, I think about how to reclaim narratives put upon me that are not chosen by me and how to share the nuances and complexitites of our Asian identities and experiences. My series of cups "Giddy Up and Roar" are cowgirl boot drinking forms to give voice of the gendered cowboy boot and a nod to export ware porcelain blue and white shoes and adorned with protest expressions and sayings to remind us of the cultural, political, and social systems we are still actively fighting and challenging.