Brisbane, QLD, Australia
ARTIST Pamela Mei-Leng See
ARCHITECT Brand + Slater
DESIGN UAP Studio, Kylie Bickle
CONSTRUCTION UAP Workshop
Exemplifying the potential for both suspended interior and integrated exterior artworks, Cross-pollination by Pamela See adds a contemporary botanical embellishment to the architecture of 199 Grey Street.
The building is located in Brisbane’s mixed-use South Bank precinct, which includes cinemas, restaurants, residential and commercial buildings. For this site‑specific work, See has referenced the bougainvillea flower, planted locally in the area, and added the forms of birds, bees and ants to signify the role that fauna plays in the pollination and locus of flora.
See is a local Brisbane artist of Chinese descent whose practice revolves around the ancient art of paper-cutting. These designs were translated into sand-blasted glass for the building’s 7-storey stairwell, activating both the view from the street and from the interior. Inside, suspended red bougainvillea forms, laser cut from acrylic to give the appearance of glass, link with the stairwell design and activate the building’s foyer.
Pamela Mei-Leng See is an Australian artist born of Chinese descent. She practices a contemporary form of papercutting. Since graduating from the Queensland College of Art in 1999, she has contributed several to exhibitions in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. In 2007 , she made her first
appearance in the Beijing art scene, featuring in exhibitions at 798 Red Gate Gallery, NY Arts and the Pickled Art Centre. Between 2005 and 2008, Sees artwork has been touring as part of the Museum of Brisbane's Echoes of Home: Memory and Mobility in Recent Austral-Asian Art. Her other career highlights include Lingua Franca at the 2005 ARC Biennial, A Change in Frequency at the Starterspace in the Watermall Cafe at the Queensland Art Gallery and High and Mighty, Lowly and Meek at 24hr Art.
Pamela See is represented by Boutwell Draper Gallery www.boutwelldrapergallery.com.au