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Su-mei Tse: L’Echo


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Su-mei Tse: L’Echo

PORTLAND ART MUSEUM

 Su-Mei Tse, L’ Echo, 2003, still from video projection, sound, 4 min 54 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York / Miller Meigs Collection

Su-Mei Tse, L’ Echo, 2003, still from video projection, sound, 4 min 54 sec. Courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York / Miller Meigs Collection

May 5 – Oct 28, 2018

Su-mei Tse: L’Echo

Su-Mei Tse (born Luxembourg, 1973) trained as a classical cellist in a family of musicians. As a visual artist, her work unites sound, image, and body in a quest to communicate a universal language that exists beyond words. L’Echo (2003) finds the artist and her cello near the edge of a vast mountain canyon. She bows her instrument, listens and waits, then begins to play a duet with the resulting reverberations in the landscape. The moment instills wonder and inspires a physical and psychic connection to the sublime. This acclaimed work won the Golden Lion award for best national pavilion (Luxembourg) at the 2003 Venice Biennale. The video is on loan from the Miller Meigs Collection and is courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery.

Curated by Sara Krajewski, The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

In an oeuvre applying a poetic amalgam of sound and image to a range of media – photography, video, installations, objects – Su-Mei Tse uses constantly shifting, constantly re-examined points of view to work towards harmony between apparently antagonistic organic, material and cultural elements.
— Shift magazine
In the beginning of my studies I was always somehow between music and art, but my attraction for the visual world made me decide to concentrate on my fine arts studies and playing the cello beside. A few years ago I started to use my musical interests and experiences as a language in my work. That’s how I got to feel the most satisfied in the way of expressing myself.
— Su-mei Tse