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New Works by Chong Siew Ying @ ART HK 12
17 May – 20 May 2012
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press release

Following on from her solo Infinity at Valentine Willie Fine Art Singapore, Siew Ying shares with audiences in Hong Kong, her continuing interrogation of landscape, memory, space and place. Informed by both traditional Chinese ink painting and European sensibilities she creates imagined charcoal mindscapes that play with texture and formal composition to communicate the infinite qualities of landscape. These sites of meditation, inspiration and drama present a stage for philosophical consideration of Man’s place and purpose in the world.

Her technique is unusual, in that she attaches large-scale paper-mounted canvases to her studio walls, and after she has drawn her imagery, laden with grainy textures from her plaster backdrops, she then places her work on the floor to layer it with a clear emulsion. Whilst wet she sweeps brushes across the surface and immediately pulls and lifts the canvas, merging charcoal and emulsion. The result of this labour-intensive process is an animated and atmospheric surface that has similarities to the fluid and meticulous strokes of ink painting. The influence of this traditional medium and its philosophical subject matter acts as a type of image inventory for Siew Ying to create her own imagined scenes and compositions, whether isolated trees, grand seascapes or vast skies. Triggering memories of places we have been, dreamt of or simply yearn to experience her work represents the power of nature to prompt self-introspection, conflict, freedom and ultimately peace.

Details of the art fair:

ART HK 12, ASIA ONE, Booth 1X13
17 - 20 May 2012
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 1, Level 1

OPENING DAY: Wednesday 16 May
14:00 - 17:00: Collectors' Preview
17:00 - 21:00: Vernissage

17 - 19 May: 12:00 - 19:00
20 May: 12:00 - 17:00



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