From Paper, 2012

Beijing Artspace
Director: Jin Sha
10 Jiu Xianqiao Rd
Chao Yang District, Beijing

Janet Clayton Gallery
2 Danks St
Waterloo NSW 2017
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From Paper essay

Michael Esson
Director, International Drawing Research Institute 
School of Art
International Drawing Research Initiative

June 2012

Seven Arches Between Time

This exchange exhibition From Paper offers a promise; a promise of intriguing images and ideas, skill and sensibility, imagination and innovation. It addresses tradition and conventions, and illuminates the similarities as well as differences. The artists still retain their personal and aesthetic conventions, individual and cultural identity, but nevertheless engage in an international visual dialogue. The relocation of an exhibition from one country to another necessitates a major journey, not only of miles, but of understanding and imagination. An exchange of ‘works on paper’ documents the transfer of images and is a mapping of ideas; the paper map revealing something of a journey well travelled. On the way it is important to talk with strangers and not only revisit old acquaintances; to intentionally get lost and to travel unfamiliar paths.