By Sara Ervin Walser
Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, who holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she currently works and teaches, presents her mixed-media work in “Passages II,” one of three new exhibits at Montpelier Arts Center that will be on view through May.
This newest installment of her Travelogue series features the cultural and social transformation of contemporary China, and the influence of Western culture on this transformation. On view is a video documentary “Unfolding Nai Nai,” that tells the story of a Chinese family’s emigration to Taiwan, and then to the U.S., as refugees from the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The documentary contrasts some of the older generation’s values with more modern ones using old photographs, audio interviews and videos of modern Chinese cities.