About the Artist
Genevieve Blanchett is a multidisciplinary designer with a passion for creating outstanding cultural spaces and experiences for the broader population. She works across performance, urban design and public art, and holds a Masters of Urban Design and Development (UNSW), a Bachelor of Design in Architecture (USYD) and a Bachelor of Design in Theatre (NIDA).
About the artwork
I was inspired by the texture, history and symbolism of the imperial Chinese guardian lions, which are often called ‘Foo Dogs’. These ‘Dogs’ with highly decorative surfaces were often cast in bronze, and placed in protective pairs – representing the yin (female) and yang (male) – at entryways to bring good fortune and protection. I have expressed the traditional surface articulation of the Foo Dogs by applying braille text of two passages from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, a 6th Century Chinese philosopher. These passages relate to finding harmony within difficult situations and appreciating that true usefulness can be found in the absence of what is superficially valued. As a female Metal Pig in the year of an antagonistic male Earth Dog it was a personally resonant choice, and one that I hope resonates with you.