Emmanuel Fremin Gallery is pleased to present Shaman, Francoise Ben Arous’ third solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will run from June 18 to July 31, 2015, with an artist reception on July 18 from 6 to 8pm.
A world traveler by heart, Françoise made a trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, a few years ago. On that occasion, she discovered the origin of the Joss paper, rectangular sheets of hand-made bamboo paper, covered with a very thin layer of metal in gold or silver hues. Later on it became the favorite medium for the creation of her works through the technique of collage.
The artist started splitting her time between New York and Hanoi, in search of the best quality paper for her artistic purpose. According to religious practices related to the veneration of ancestors in some Asian countries, Joss paper is to be burnt on funerals or on special holidays, in order to ensure the wealth in the afterlife. Gold spirit money (jin) is offered to both the deceased and higher gods such as the Jade Emperor, while silver spirit money (yin) is given exclusively to ancestral spirits as well as to local deities.