Tea of Oblivion | Heidi Lau & Megan Ledbetter

November 6, 2015 - February 19, 2016

Tea of Oblivion

In an old Chinese folktale, the goddess of reincarnation Meng Po serves up the Tea of Oblivion to souls passing on to another life.  Made with herbs collected from ponds and streams, the mystic brew ensures that the memories and experiences of previous lives are forgotten.  Occasionally, one may refuse the tea to retain the details of their lives. 

Through their work, Heidi Lau and Megan Ledbetter embody the tale of Meng Po and its connection to nature and nostalgia. Incorporating elements from their respective cultures, the artists preserve personal connections to home. Lau’s ceramic sculptures and Ledbetter’s photography are rich with details collected from various earthly sources and suggest a threshold between the physical and intangible.

Selected Press

The Justice
"Tea of Oblivion" emits themes of abstraction through nature

The Brandeis Hoot
Folktale Inspired Exhibit Invites Viewers to Look More Closely


Saturday, November 7, 6:00-8:00 pm

Artists' Reception
Gallery Talk 7:00 pm

Thursday, November 19, 5:00-7:00 pm

Literary Salon
Join us for a Literary Salon in the Kniznick Gallery with the WSRC's Creative Writing Study Group. Four writers will read from current work, engaging with themes in the current exhibition Tea of Oblivion. Hosted by Linda Bond with writers Nancer Ballard, Mary G. Berg, Emily S. Corbato, and Rachel Munn.

Thursday, January 14, 12:30-2:00 pm

Heidi Lau, Artist's Lecture

Thursday, January 14, 3:00-4:30 pm 

Clay handbuilding workshop with Heidi Lau in Goldman-Schwartz Art Studios (map)
This event is free and open to the public, all materials provided. Space is limited, register here

Thursday, January 28, 12:30-2:00 pm

"Places for the Spirit, Traditional African American Gardens"
In conjunction with the Tea of Oblivion exhibition, artist Vaughn Sills will show and discuss photographs she made documenting traditional gardens of African Americans throughout the deep South. The gardens represent a distinctive aesthetic brought to America by African slaves and exhibit a deeply embedded tradition that has survived geographic and social transition, slavery, poverty, and time.

Thursday, February 4, 12:30-2:00 pm

Megan Ledbetter, Artist's Lecture

Heidi Lau


Megan Ledbetter


This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Gary David Goldberg and Diana Meehan Endowment for the Arts.