Melbourne, 25 Oct 2022 — 12 Nov 2022

28 Derby Street [PO Box 1183], Collingwood 3066

Late Bloom
- Sai-Wai Foo

‘Taking inspiration from the Japanese concept of oubaitori (桜梅桃李), Sai-Wai Foo tenderly and joyfully embraces the late bloomers and the misfits in her latest body of work.

Delicately hand-cut and collaged images literally bloom out from the pages of old books and surfaces of salvaged treasures. The occasional book title peeping out – English Spinster or Wild Things – makes ironic reference to our cultural obsession with youth and refinement, and the persistent stereotypes which haunt women and social outliers.

Rich in references to the natural world, Foo’s exquisitely assembled works contain unfurling universes which are poetic, feminine, and just a little bit macabre. Notably, many creatures that metamorphose and become most beautiful in their mature state feature throughout the works: butterflies, orchids, and snakes that embody the potential for reinvention and re-emergence. In her dynamic compositions, Foo has reanimated the butterfly’s flight and the wind of the snake through foliage, releasing them from static and moribund black and white print. In salvaging and filing old prints, books, and ornaments in her vast studio stores, and so carefully reconstructing them into precious objects, Foo gives her materials a magical second life. 

Foo’s bold vision is brought to life in these works which embody chaos, beauty, history, and reinvention. Lovingly plucked from obscurity and painstakingly composed into objects of beauty and value, these intimate and vibrant works are enchanting and inspiring. With Late Bloom, Foo reminds us to forget comparison and bloom in our own time’. 

– Excerpts from the essay ‘Late Bloom’ by Lauren Ellis, 2022

Meet the Artist
2pm Saturday 12 November 2022

Sai-Wai Foo
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In Blog

Sai-Wai Foo – at the 16th Festival of Woodcarving and Bamboo, Dongyang

Image above: Sai-Wai Foo  Heartbreaker  2022  hardback book ‘Good Wives’ by Louisa May Alcott, pleated book papers, paper, glue, entomology …

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Sai-Wai Foo – Group Exhibition with Willoughby City Council, ‘Inner Edge Drifting 邊緣漂泊’

Image above: Inconsequential idol  2022  doll figurine, ceramic bird, pleated book papers, gold leaf, dyed fresh water pearls, glass head …

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Sai-Wai Foo – ‘Have You Eaten?’ at Bendigo Art Gallery

Image above: installation view of ‘Have You Eaten?’, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 2021. Image by Greg Piper, courtesy of …

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Deborah Williams, Martin King and Phillip Edwards – finalists in Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

Image above: Deborah Williams The air smells different 2023 aquatint intalgio 53×39.5cm Congratulations to Deborah Williams, Martin King and Phillip …

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Salvatore Zofrea – ‘From the Collection: Jagath Dheerasekara & Salvatore Zofrea’ at Campbelltown Arts Centre

Image above: Salvatore Zofrea Catching fire-flies in summer from the series Appassionata: one hundred woodcuts no.15. 1994–1999  Jelutong woodblock  40 …

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Collection in focus: Golburn Regional Gallery

Image above: Collection in focus exhibition image from Golburn Regional Gallery Collection in focus: Golburn Regional Gallery 5 July — …

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Jenny Rodgerson & Peter Wegner – Finalists in The Lester Prize 2024

Above image details: Jenny Rodgerson Mum’s orange cardigan  2024 oil on linen 60 x 40 cm Congratulations to Jenny Rodgerson and …

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Holly Grace & Sarah Tomasetti – Finalists in the 2024 Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize

Image above: Sarah Tomasetti From Balpatta X 2024 145 x 150 cm pigment oil and marble dust on fresco Congratulations to Holly …

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2024 Salon des Refusés at S.H. Ervin Gallery

Image above (left to right): Graeme Drendel Portrait of Rick  2024 oil on canvas 41 x 31 cm | Michelle Hiscock …

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Janet Luxton – Finalist in the Artists for Conservation International Exhibition

Image above:  Janet Luxton  Giant Australian Cuttlefish  2021  oil on canvas  120x160cm Congratulations to Janet Luxton who has had two …

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Wayne Eager – Interview in Studio National

Above image: Wayne Eager, Allegory I  2023 oil on linen 95 x 133 cm Wayne Eager was interviewed by Janet …

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Omina Art Prize Finalists – Kate Hudson, Martin King, Robin Stewart and Marina Strocchi

Image above: Marina Strocchi The vineyards of Madden’s Lane 2023 acrylic on linen 122 x 152 cm Congratulations to Kate …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Ravenswood Art Prize Finalist

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