Tightrope: Brushing Jade

A performance by Echo Morgan

17 September 2013, 7–8pm at Sumarria Lunn Gallery.
Curated by Kate Pantling.
Photography by Jamie Baker.

Echo Morgan uses her own body as a canvas to reclaim and reassess the cultural expectations of her birthplace in China. Applying the feminist theories of Hélène Cixous who asks us to ‘write about our own story, our history, and ourselves’ she addresses issues of gender, and cultural politics through performance, film and photography. For I am the Four Gentlemen Morgan paints on her skin a depiction of the four plants known in China by the same name, chosen for their hardy attributes and depicted as a group: the orchid, the bamboo, the chrysanthemum and the plum blossom. Through doing so Morgan reclaims this Chinese trope as her own and challenges traditional cultural ideals.


Echo Morgan is a graduate of Central Saint Martins (BA) and Royal College of Art (MA). Recent solo/ two person exhibitions include Warrior, Blackhall Studio, (2012). Recent group exhibitions include Infr’Action 9Sète, France, (2013), 21st Century Art & Design, Selected Works from the RCA Degree Show 2013, Christie’s, (2013), LPS1:Featured, London Print Studio, (2013), and Drawing Sessions, Royal Stand Gallery, Liverpool Biennial, (2012). Echo Morgan won the Crown Palace Drawing Competition (2011).

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