Glasshouse artist in residence Jason Wing explores our history

Collaborations: Artist in residence Jason Wing wants to return to Port Macquarie-Hastings to work on projects that involve and are driven by, community. Photo: Peter Daniels
Collaborations: Artist in residence Jason Wing wants to return to Port Macquarie-Hastings to work on projects that involve and are driven by, community. Photo: Peter Daniels

His art is a reflection of his Aboriginal and Chinese heritage, while his influences are driven by community.

Glasshouse artist in residence Jason Wing says he will use his 10 day visit to lay the groundwork for ongoing collaborations.

He plans to explore the town and its local history along with uncovering the significance of Governor Macquarie's impact on early settlement to help form his view of how Port Macquarie can develop equal representations of colonial and Aboriginal histories.

"I want both equallly represented and celebrated," he said.

A member of the Biripi mob from Taree on his mother's side and with Chinese influences from his father - 'and some Scottish, Australian and a few other cultures I don't know about' - Jason said he uses these influences in his work.

"I am constantly viewing the world from four different lenses. It is part of who I am and the way that I process the world," he said.

"There are always layers in my work. 

"My skill is to distil complex histories and social/political challenges in the world into seemingly deceptively simple ideas that can be unpacked.

I have a background in stencil graffiti and use that medium to empower communities and feel that it is a great way to combat and compete with the smart phone.

Jason Wing

"I have a background in stencil graffiti and use that medium to empower communities and feel that it is a great way to combat and compete with the smart phone.

"It is easily accessible and easily learnt.

"I'm passionate about engaging the local community to come up with a visual public presence that is built from the street up. The community should take control of (these projects) and put their thumb print on it," he said.

Jason described his work has multi-disciplinary that can fit the concept of the brief. 

"I don't limit myself with materials. I think that is counterproductive and I like to continually experiment in new concepts."

The artist says he wants to 'plant seeds' for future projects in the area including discussing with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council possible mural art projects.

"I'd also like to discuss running programs in the future and activating Port Macquarie with more public artwork," he added.

He also wants to engage and network with existing groups and organisations on future projects.

Jason plans to attend the official opening of Northern Exposure 5 at Glasshouse on Friday July 13.

His works will be on exhibition at Glasshouse from October 13 to December 2.

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