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Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. (Aldous Huxley)

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By Cathy

Wanyee Ng

On 02, Dec 2012 | No Comments | In | By Cathy

I enjoy making exhibitions, because they are NOT just displays of art works (or skills), they can be an interactive activity to communicate with audiences. Also they help me to understand Hongkongers, to know their receptiveness, which is related to my job as an art teacher too.

My art works are sourced from social and natural phenomena in an ironic stance. During my childhood my family used to take me to building sites or antique exhibitions: mummies, porcelains, structure, steel bar, cement and dredgers… My animal loving grandma, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel or Animal Planet, they are all part of my childhood (felt tedious as a primary pupil). But then when I studied in fine arts, those memories influenced me instinctively. I am grateful my family took me to those “tedious” places, and its helps me to understanding our world now. It also affects my aesthetics; it reveals through my mix media paintings, those images were allusions dominated by abstract forms, metaphorical with symbolic materials and organic forms, not pretentious and allowing by my intuitive journey. Intricate perspectives or multi-perspectives lines and geometric shapes represent diagrams, fragment and architectures, Intertwining of transparent forms and organic objects suggestive of my childhood memories of nature: plants, animals and ocean… They always layer and overlap in my paintings and depictions. The laws of nature and civilization vibrate in contradiction.

So, I believe that art education should be an adventure that trains explorers NOT followers. Experience is a precious gift to children and everyone else, I would love to share my experience to all my students and audiences.

But how can I make my art works or exhibitions connect with audiences? This is my own adventure project in the coming next two years.

Featured Project:

World View
200 x 200 x 500cm
(Mixed media painting, wooden container, lighting and sensor)

This work (or experiment) is intended to reveal human’s selective adaptation to information, how this limits our understanding of the social world, and to remind viewers of the importance of broadening their views.

I decided to build up a contrasting space/comparison: Wide vs. Tight in a wrong proportion. When audiences look past/through the container, their view may be blocked by it. At the same time a gap in its middle is the only way to see inside… The project’s concept was inspired by Kinetoscope (西洋鏡), which vibrates in the Chinese’s slang expression 拆穿你的西洋鏡 (Expose the camouflage). Will the audience become aware that they are blocked by the camouflage? Or will they get used to living in camouflage? Well, its hard to make a conclusion yet… will find out in the future though.