The Lost Twelve Years by Chun Hua Catherine Dong examines the relationships between where she lives, what she has lost, and what she has gained as a racial minority. The piece is a ritual meditation, as the ink traditionally used as an artistic tool is used as a by Dong as a weapon upon herself. The gestures she performs are political gestures, an apology for her twelve-year absence and shows a desire for her to renew her lost tradition and culture. Through the piece, she attempts to preserve her identity from self-transformation and self-assimilation.
Photo by Christian Bujold.
Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese-born artist working with performance art, photography, and video. She received a B.F.A from Emily Carr University Art & Design and a M.F.A. from Concordia University. She has performed and exhibited her work in multiple national and international performance art festivals and venues. Among many other awards, she is the recipient of Franklin Furnace Award for avant-garde art in New York in 2014. Her performance is listed amongst the ‘‘Top Nine Political Art Projects of 2010’’ by Art and Threat Canadian magazine.