Midnight Peranakan Phoenix

Midnight Peranakan Phoenix, Gold Resist with Silk Dyes on Rice Paper, 18" x 23", 2007

Kemlyn Tan Bappe is from Singapore.  She is Peranakan, an intermarriage of the Malay and Chinese cultures.  She received a Bachelor's degree in studio art from Baylor University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary in Texas.  Currently, she works in her studio in Mount Pleasant, Iowa and is artistic director and owner of Galleria Imago Dei which represents over 20 artists.  Tan Bappe's work is exhibited and collected nationally and internationally.

"Batik is a strong part of my Peranakan heritage.  However, I have traded in wax and fabric for resist and rice paper for now.  I love how the resist and dyes take to the rice paper.  The colors are so pure and lovely.  My work is a dialogue between my heritage and the country in which I live and am raising my children.  My work contains images from my heritage and also images from the ocean."---Kemlyn Tan Bappe, Contemporary Peranakan Artist, Galleria Imago Dei, Fairfield, Iowa.

Kemlyn Tan Bappe's website

Galleria Imago Dei

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