In her collages "The Collected Body in Shelter" and "The Collected Body #2" Jennifer Tee (Arnhem, 1973) brings together the tulip, which is regarded as a Dutch icon, with her own family history and Chinese Indonesian background. The patterned arrangements of the tulip petal collages refer to Indonesian tampan and palepai textile from the Lampung region of South Sumatra. These cloths were said to connect the material and spiritual worlds during ceremonies and rites of passage. Tee often uses historically charged cultural artifacts and symbols in her work, connecting Western and Eastern influences with art history.
Tee has won several awards, including the 2020 Amsterdam Prize for the Arts in the category “proven quality.” Her work can also be seen in the current exhibition "In the Presence of Absence" at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.