In Truth Before Flowers, Jennifer Ling Datchuk disentangles histories and traumas through objects culturally associated with womanhood. Inspired by the history of teacups and dinnerware, she employs porcelain to speak in dualities, especially of fragility, resilience, and ultimately the struggle between diversity and the flawless white body. Materials like porcelain and hair have crisscrossed the world and reflect migrations of identity. Datchuk deconstructs established hierarchies of materials and champions the handmade.
About the artist
Jennifer Ling Datchuk is an artist born in Warren, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She
holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts
from Kent State University. She was awarded a residency through the Blue Star
Contemporary Art Museum to conduct her studio practice at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in
Berlin, Germany, received a grant from the Linda Lighton International Artist Exchange
Program, and has participated in residencies at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China,
Vermont Studio Center, and the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands. In 2017,
she received the Emerging Voices award from the American Craft Council. Recently, she
completed a residency and exhibition curated by Dr. Debra Willis for Artpace. She lives in San
Antonio, Texas where she maintains a studio and teaching practice.