July 2019 | Failure is the mother of success by Rebecca Jensen
Failure is the Mother of Success (失败是成功之母)
“Uncertainty and instability characterize these times. Nonetheless, success and progress endure as a condition to strive for, even though there is little faith in either. Even if one sets out to fail the possibility of success is never eradicated and failure once again is ushered in.” - Lisa De Feuvre
Failure is the Mother of Success (失败是成功之母) is a creative interrogation into my year since returning from abroad, both as an artist now well outside of the institution and as a (perhaps eternally) single woman.
Having spent 12 months focusing solely on my practice in China, and for the first time negotiating genuine criticism, this exhibition examines the fallout we experience from reproach. Using humour, language, and misinterpretation, Failure is the Mother of Success (失败是成功之母) seeks to break down the process of regaining autonomy over my arts practice. By imparting the (oft unsolicited) wisdom shared with me on garments, this work plays on the universal and personal nature of critique. Rather than shying away from them, each garment makes its statement and offers the wearer the opportunity to challenge the advice of others - because yeah, it is fucking good to see you making best use of your arts degree.
Born in Canada in 1993, Rebecca Jensen migrated to Australia in the late 90s. Coming from several generations of migrants, Jensen adopted an affinity with language, heritage and their respective roles within immigration politics; this interest is now a central concern of her emerging practice.
Towards the end of 2016 Jensen was awarded an Australian Government New Colombo Grant to participate in overseas study and has recently concluded an eight-month research project on Shanghai's Blind Date Corner culminating in her second solo exhibition Heaven Won't Throw You a Meat Pie 天上不会掉馅饼。
Her work is multidisciplinary and often employs text. At its most whimsical Jensen's work uses language to explore the everyday through humorous & often cynical haikus. In its more serious iterations her work investigates social phenomenon in both the Australian and Chinese context.
Jensen’s work incorporates slow processes such as traditional handset Letterpress (活字印刷) and makes use of analogue modes of production in direct contrast to the immediacy of the digital age.