Look closely at these paper dishes. Malaysian artist Fan Chon Hoo, who studied and, I believe, lives in London, is interested in the process of cultural translation within the context of postcolonialism. In his series of works titled The Blue and White Collection, Chon Hoo responds to the traditional English Willow Pattern from the late eighteenth century by creating a set of paper earthenware printed with cyanotype imaginary landscapes using Asian architectural structures found in the UK.
From the artist’s website:
I am interested in how a foreign culture can be appropriated and translated into a form of exotic collectibles, subconsciously tucked into the local culture….This process challenges cyanotype’s association with blueprint by posing the question of origin and the sense of fluidity of culture.