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In this latest exhibition, the Jolene Lai Allegory series portrays various female characters taken out of traditional Chinese mythologies.
Jolene Lai grew up on traditional Chinese literature and traditional folk stories, which she found to have an impact on shaping Chinese culture and the Chinese people of today. In her oil on canvas paintings, the artist captures the bizarre aspects, the romance and the emotion that these women embody in the various stories. We see the humor and folly within the characters, as well as their determination and righteousness in their quest to do what’s right. Each painting is set in a surreal environment that comes straight out of her imagination.
The Jolene Lai Allegory series re-imagines the classic narratives of traditional Chinese folklore.