|A Gift for the Elders: 100 Long Lives
|Artist / Creator
|Place of Publication
|Process / Technique
|Monoprint, mixed media
|Structure / Binding
|Number of Pages
|3.5 x 5 x .5 inches closed. Extends out to 55 inches.
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|Signed by the artist
At multiple levels my work is a continuing investigation of the transitory nature of the human condition and our connection with each other. Through my work, I tell the story of my family's immigrant experience. The voyage to America required courage, strength, and conviction. The imagery in my work is drawn from a rich resource of old family photos, immigration documents, letters, and cultural icons. My inspiration for making this book came from a conversation I had with my late mother about one of her favorite tablecloths. She told me a story about the calligraphy featured on the tablecloth. In ancient China, the wish for longevity became one of the main principles of life. Chinese calligraphers developed various designs to express the character in written form. When inscribed one hundred times in varying calligraphic styles, the word 'longevity', shou, becomes the motif known as bai shou, 'a hundred long lives'. This design is often sent as a gift to elders to wish them long life
Artist BioMalPina Chan's portfolio includes works on paper, glass, mixed-media, and artist books and can be found in collections and at exhibitions across the country. She curated The Book as Art: BEYOND WORDS and The Book as Art: HAND2HAND at Seattle's Columbia City Gallery plus UNDERCOVER STORIES: THE SECRET LIVES OF BOOKS at artEAST Gallery in Issaquah, WA. MalPina's work is included in 500 Handmade Books Volume 2 and 1,000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art. Her Knock on Wood book was included in the exhibition SUPERSTITION XIII at San Francisco Center for the Book. MalPina's projects also include independent curatorial work, teaching workshops and lecturing. She is a founding board member of the Puget Sound Book Artist organization and has curated two of the members' annual exhibits. She is a recipient of an Artist Trust GAP and a James Washington Foundation Residency. Her studio is in Olympia, Washington.