Some things in life come to mean much more than they seem at first glance. Things like a sentimental blanket from childhood or the wedding band on a ring finger. For 19-year-old Jeffrey McIntosh, it’s tea.
Now, as he tells his story, he speaks in a concise and direct manner. Chu is economical with details as he tells his remarkable history. However, his equanimity does not undermine the most important elements of how he got to where he is today.
Diem Chau does not make art to last. Her embroidered chinaware is delicate and gauzy. Eventually the threads will disintegrate and the colors will fade. This is not by any defect of the materials, but rather in accordance with the artist’s intention to represent the ephemeral nature of memories.