The exotic remote East figured for hundreds of years in the Western imagination as a source of fascinating but chaotic and semi-mythical images and stories, a dream world of seduction and longing. While the objects of desire changed, the lure of the realm called Cathay by Marco Polo remained. Beautiful, bizarre and astonishingly hybrid objects which reflect this dream form an important strand in The Johnston Collection.
SOPHIA ERREY is an artist, art educator and writer. She has lectured widely in the visual arts both historical and contemporary. She has previously developed a course on “Oriental Art and the West” for art students in both Melbourne and Hong Kong.