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LAU Kai Yang

Artist statement - Sleeping on Brushwood series

Which day is this? That I behold the sea beyond last night’s precipice. Which dawn is this? That I breathe deep without restraint. I ruminate over that Chinese idiom ‘sleeping on brushwood tasting gall’, coined after King Goujian who shunned luxury and persevered through hardship until he emerged triumphant.

My mattress of thorny brushwood I now bury in memory of those long winter nights. My cold broth of gall I now release to the wind. No further need have I now for nightly reminders of those bitter years marred upon my back.

If the sun were to everywhere shine, would not the same stigma of yesteryear blaze on many a naked chest as mine? Nay, steady my hand and stand my back straight! Let the sun kiss my branded cheek! 

Education

2017     
Bachelor of Visual Art Honours Program

2016     
Bachelor of Visual Art – Adelaide Central School of Art

2008     
Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery with Honours

Employment

2008     
Medical doctor (ongoing)

Group exhibitions

2017     
2017 Gradate Exhibition, Adelaide Central School of Art
Gallery M Open Contemporary Art Prize, Gallery M
Squared Up, Gallery M  

2016     
Sensory Narratives, Adelaide Central School of Art
10 x 10 Exhibition, Adelaide Central School of Art
Wish you were here!, Adelaide Central Gallery

2015     
Wish you were here!, Adelaide Central Gallery
South Australia Living Artists Festival, Salon Hang, Floating Goose Studios
South Australia Living Artists Festival, Art of Medicine, Adelaide Central School of Art

Awards

2016     
Highly Commended, Adelaide Central School of Art, Sensory Narratives graduate exhibition

Publications

2017     
2017 Graduate Exhibition, Adelaide Central School of Art, graduate exhibition catalogue

2016     
Sensory Narratives, Adelaide Central School of Art, graduate exhibition catalogue

Commissions

2015     
Portrait of His Highness The Tuan Muda Jason Desmond Anthony Brooke, Brooke Heritage Trust, Brooke Gallery, Fort Margherita, Kuching, Sarawak Malaysia

LAU Kai Yang

Sleeping on Brushwood, Orange


Oil on canvas

140 x 100cm

2018

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