Invitation Art Prize 2021 l Westfield Whitford City, Joondalup, Western Australia
10 October to 24 October 2021
The Invitation Art Prize is acknowledged as one of WA's major contemporary visual art prizes for professional artists. Amy Barrett-Lennard, Director at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, was the arts industry selector who shortlisted the 30 artists taking part.
Bits and Pieces, 2021, synthetic polymer, thermoplastic, pandanus, QR code, mechanism on board, (H) 126 x (W) 85 x (D) 9 cm
Bits and Pieces explores the idea—identity is shaped through cross-cultural encounters, a constant non-binding, lived reality. Mah aims to express his perspectives and concerns as an Australian of Chinese descent in this time of renewed Sinophobia. Using materials e.g., mechanisms, scent and QR code, and familiar cultural influences, viewers are engaged to contemplate on how connected they all are. Their and his identities are all works in progress, never-ending messy tapestries of woven lines and tangled knots.