Finding a midpoint between humour and seriousness, artist Jason Phu
tackles themes like identity and cultural dislocation. By merging graffiti, traditional Chinese calligraphy, video, performance and installation, his work conveys a sense of connection to today’s world while being timeless as well – perhaps because he talks about old-age, universal issues. After having had a solo show at Melbourne’s Station gallery
these last month, we catch up with the artist to discuss spirituality, heritage, the limits of humour and Chan Buddhism.