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Insistent. Gestures. brings together the work of five artists who live, work or were born in Asia to explore personal narratives, diasporic identity and the use of repetition.
The exhibition considers the role of materials, bodily gestures and the intimate experience of making. These artists share related geographical histories and connections that respond to their stories and experience of making. Through repetitive cutting, assembling, sewing, weaving, and layering the simple materials chosen by each artist grow in complexity. The constant movement central to each artist’s process gives rise to the contemplation of time and space, and an introspective understanding of body and mind
The repetitive movements – or insistent gestures – of making carry a sense of ritual and intimate recollection that resonates with the artists’ personal histories. Here an insistent, female and labour creating subjectivity is woven into being.



artist bio.

Yong Joo Kim  is a Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC) and NICHE award-winning artist with an extensive record of exhibitions across Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia. She is considered a pioneer in the use of hook-and-loop fasteners as material for art. Her work crosses the genre of both wearable sculpture and installations. She has been a featured speaker at premier conferences and
exhibitions such as the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and Sculpture Objects Functional Art and design (SOFA). Her work appears in the permanent collection of Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Art Bank (MMCA), and Velcro Group.

Kazumi Nagano is known for her wondrous jewellery work, delicate creations of thin gold wire and woven paper. With a background in Japanese-style painting (Nihonga) and traditional Japanese weaving techniques, Nagano has applied daily materials, such as thread, paper and ink, interweaving with precious metal of gold and platinum. Inspired by the change of seasons and transience in nature, her artwork reveals the unique beauty of people’s daily experience. The suppleness of the pieces facilitates interrelation with the human body and makes them all the more appealing to touch. Nagano has work in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Alice, Louis Koch Rings Collection, Switzerland and Cooper Hewit Smithsonian Design Museum Susan Grant Lewin Collection, USA. E:

Born in Hong Kong, Cyrus Tang moved to Australia in 2003. She finished her Degree (Hons) of Fine Arts at Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2004, and her Master of Fine Arts (Research) in Monash University, Melbourne in 2009. In these years, Cyrus has been offered by different residency programmes, including  Helsinki International Artist Program 2013; The National Art Studio in South Korea in 2012; Cite International de Arts, Paris in 2009 and The Banff Centre, Canada in 2008. 
Her works has been shown interstate in Australia and various countries including Helsinki, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, France, Shanghai and Sweden. She is currently represented by Arc One Gallery, Melbourne.

Majored in jewellery design, Chen Chun Tai is a prolific designer and artist. She’s known for using paper as her main media to materialize the relationship between people, time and texture. For several occasions, she has participated at "Taiwan Design Week" and her work has been exhibited internationally, to mention some: Shanghai, Japan, Estonia and Canada. Currently Chen works under the support of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government and the National Taiwan Culture and Arts Foundation.

Yu Fang Chi is a Taiwan-born jewellery artist, currently works and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her practice involves repetitive fibre-related techniques which can be connected to traditional domestic art processes. Yu-Fang works across different facets of jewellery practice and collaborates with diverse artistic fields. Her recent curatorial project assembles jewellery narratives with the potential to bring subjective encounters into wider social assignations.



6 September – 9 November 2019


Opening Night: Thursday 5 September 2019, 6-8pm

Floor Talk: Tuesday 10 September, 12.30-1.30pm.

                        Yu Fang Chi and Kate Rhodes (RMIT Design Hub)

RMIT Gallery

344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

+61 3 9925 1717     E:

Gallery Hours:

Mon– Fri 11am-5pm

Thu 11am-7pm

Sat 12-5pm


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