Luxembourg-based artist Su-Mei Tse (born 1973) has become known for a dynamic fusion of image and sound, whether she is working with objects, videos, photographs or installations. As a classically trained musician raised in a musical family, it is not surprising that she makes sound a carefully considered element of her work. For the exhibition Su-Mei Tse: East Wind at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the artist presents two recent video works that cast nature in an active dialogue with selected musical scores and subtly express Tse's Chinese heritage.
Also included in the installation is the neon Bird Cage (2007), Tse’s modern take on birdcages. Works such as this resonate with the Chinese landscape paintings from the museum's collections in our current exhibition Chinese Art: A Seattle Perspective, revealing an active engagement and updating of historical models in new media. Su-Mei Tse: East Wind proposes a fascinating and expansive give-and-take between past and present, East and West.
–Michael Darling, Jon & Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art