Sweaty Scales : Liang Luscombe

Saturday 07 September 2019 - Saturday 05 October 2019

Liang Luscombe, Sweaty Scales, 2019, HD digital video, video still.

Premiering at Sutton Gallery, Sweaty Scales is a single-channel video installation which critiques the presentation of racial fetishes, while still permitting fantasies.

Through a series of vignettes, the video tells the story of a pair of lovers: an Asian American woman named Lisa and her Caucasian American lover named Oliver who sweats profusely throughout the story. During their romance, Lisa, struggles to find her own sexual identity in relation to the ever-present image of the Asian women as the deceitful, sexually aggressive “dragon lady” or to the innocent “lotus blossom”.

Liang Luscombe’s practice encompasses painting, sculpture and moving image that engage in a process of generative questioning of how images and film affect audiences. The resulting artworks appear as an aggregate of culturally loaded references that include language, film history and aesthetics.

Supported by a Yarra Small Project Grant



Sutton Gallery


Date and time:
Saturday 07 September 2019 - Saturday 05 October 2019

254 Brunswick St, Fitzroy