Cute but creepy mini sculptures of Dim Sum that explore the common taunt that Chinese people will eat anything

Cute but creepy mini sculptures of Dim Sum that explore the common taunt that Chinese people will eat anything

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Siew Mao © QimmyShimmy. All images courtesy of QimmyShimmy and Beinart Gallery. Via CB submission.

Could you eat absolutely anything? It’s something that Chinese people are supposedly renowned for. And it’s an unfair rumour that artist Lim Qi Xuan, better known as QimmyShimmy, is exploring in her latest series, A Little Heart.

The cute yet disturbing miniature sculptures feature a twist on Dim Sum (点心), a style of Chinese cuisine that dates back to the Tang and Song dynasties but remains much loved and relevant today.

Placed in traditional steamer baskets and porcelain bowls, the artworks combine the beauty of Chinese delicacies with the artist’s signature touch of macabre. “It questions why a cuisine that has millennia of history and craft is rarely associated with elegance and beauty in cultures outside its own,” explains Lim.

Her miniature sculptures, which are described by many as “creepy-cute”, tread a fine line between horror and beauty. The works are on show in a solo exhibition, A Little Heart, at the Beinart Gallery in Brunswick, Australia until 29 September.

“Her aesthetic sensibilities have been shaped by her love for fantasy stories, old curiosities and the idea of time travel and a yearning for worlds natural and make-believe,” explains the Gallery. You can discover more at www.qimmyshimmy.com.

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