My exhibition FICTIONAL MEMORIES has started… please come take a look. It’s upstairs in the Wisdom Hall (and corridor) at The Buddhist Centre Art Gallery in Riccarton
Lisa Powers is a photographer and artist from New York. Her current exhibition, “FICTIONAL MEMORIES” was inspired by the short, tragic life of WanRong, the last Empress of China and the end of the Ching Dynasty in the early 1900s. Lisa was fortunate to be working for Art & Antiques magazine in New York and was photographing garments, furnishings and antique arts from the Beijing museum for an issue of the magazine titled, “Untying The Forbidden Knot”. This was the beginning of her fascination with WanRong and Imperial China. She photographed the beautiful, heavily embroidered garments that had been made for Emperor PuYi, on a Chinese woman. She created a style that was similar to the style of the 1900s and printed the photographs on handmade Japanese Washi paper which added a softer look to the photos. She then framed the images in authentic vintage Chinese frames with decorative corner designs. This series has won many awards for Lisa Powers, including being selected as Circle Foundation for the Arts ‘Artist of the Year’ and a Silver medal from the New York Photographic Association.