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FRENZY IN THE WILD
June 8 - 29, 2022
Hong Kong — Odds and Ends is pleased to present Frenzy in the Wild, a solo exhibition by Hong Kong- based Brazilian artist JUM. On view will be works from The Nature Within series, including new renditions of several existing prints. The exhibition will run from 8 - 29 of June, 2022, with an opening reception on 8 June from 5 - 8pm.
Hail from Brazil, JUM moved to Hong Kong in 2016 and has pursued an artistic education and career ever since. Upon graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design (Hong Kong), JUM began her largest series to date— The Nature Within. Works from this series explores the physical, emotional and cultural relationship between human and nature, drawing inspiration from her personal encounters with mother nature in both Brazil and Hong Kong. The Nature Within series began in 2020 as a visual manifestation of JUM’s home sickness, prompted by her move to Hong Kong and a sense of growing uncertainty that loomed over the city in which she now called home.
JUM, The Nature Within- Garden, 2020, Print on canvas, 115 x 80 cm, Ed of 10
One major disparity between her home country and current place of residence is the role which nature plays in the everyday lives of its residents. In Hong Kong, a city whose identity is defined by its architectural skyline and concrete jungle, nature takes a leisure backseat in the minds of its residents. Many of whom selectively treat it as a decorative element that compliments ones lives but might not necessarily embrace it in its entirety. Whereas the artist’s relationship with nature in Brazil is very much a symbiotic one involving interaction and close physical and cultural associations. To JUM, the concept of nature is not merely an environmental one, but also a spiritual one. She believes that the human–nature relationship goes beyond the extent to which an individual believes or feels they are part of nature. It can also be understood as, and inclusive of, our adaptive synergy with nature as well as our longstanding actions and experiences that connect us to nature.
JUM, The Nature Within- Earth, 2020, Archival print on paper, 60 x 43.13 cm, Ed of 20
Works from this series are near lingual and highly autobiographical, taking inspiration from the artist’s personal encounters with nature. Works such as The Nature Within- Garden, 2020, reimagines our relationships to nature, by creating an intermingling of the two that extends beyond mere co-existence. Dividing the series up into various components of nature, JUM created a botanical labyrinth in which a re-entanglement and marriage of human and nature take place, abolishing any perceptions of modern anthropocentrism. Such utopian state is conveyed through surrealistically vibrant mixed media illustrations, resonating between psychedelia and real life with just enough visual cues for viewers to participate in its entwinement. The fluidity of JUM’s illustration style mimics that of nature, emulating and reminding us of our capacity to collaborate, adapt and improvise represents the energy of resilience that flows through all natural existence.
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