Kopeikin Gallery presents Mei Xian Qiu's first exhibition with the Gallery, titled "Qilin" after the Chinese mythical creature, which is itself a combination of the four most sacred beasts in Chinese mythology. It is a creature of innate hybridism and duality, representing simultaneously and truth. Qilins signal the passage of the wise, and is the compass to the West.
Mei Xian Qiu grew up in Java as a third generation Chinese Diasporic minority during a time when being Chinese was unlawful. Her family immigrated to the U.S. where she has been a student and artist her entire life. Qiu visited China several times seeking out her families past, only to learn that the Country was eagerly shedding its past in order to embrace modernity. She has therefore reconstructed and self invented the unknown, creating fantastical notions of culture by dissecting essential archetypes, revelatory and iconic.
Mei Xian Qiu - "Qilin"
March 1 - April 19, 2014
Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles
Via Caroline Claeys