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Inauguration Portrait

This is an exploration piece done with a fine and thick-lined sharpie on canvas and explores the political issues of Hong Kong through themes of time and space. Time being a critical element of how much I spend and invest on this political figure is reflected in the process of a blind contour, and space reflecting how much of a platform I choose to provide her with. This exploration wrestles with the ideas of how I could potentially play with timed contours to define a specific boundary on how much time I want to give this particular political figure.

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Repetition Exploration

An exploration based on the process of repetition and blind contouring. I’m attempting to examine how repetition could affect our reception/perception of the public and political image of Carrie Lam.
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Current Project: Carrie Lam Series

Currently working through the first major project on the continuation of studying/exploring the political unrest of Hong Kong through the technique of blind contouring.

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Research Project

This is the first project I started from my research of Hong Kong’s political unrest. Through these 3 paintings, I attempt to explore ideas of repetition & colours. The repeated image depicts Carrie Lam the Chief executive of Hong Kong apologizing for the political unrest that she caused.

In this exploration, I also play around with the idea of colour coding my artwork. All three colours used in the paintings are politically charged at the moment (Blue = A colour for those who support the police, Red = A colour associated with China & communism, Yellow = The colour that represents pro-democracy protestors). I’m particularly interested in understanding the reasoning behind the use of each colour, and how conflict and violence can be associated with certain colour groups since the events of Hong Kong residents actively taking sides through such colours. The political conflicts that led up to the division and separation between people through a colour-coded society is a very interesting concept that I want to continue to explore, as I question if there is space in Hong Kong for ‘green’ to exist (a mixture and recombination/unity between blue and yellow). A grander question that keeps coming to my mind is if Hong Kong and its people can survive this identity crisis that is rooted in Hong Kong’s colonial past.

Some questions that I’m thinking about during the process of research is…
1) How does the repetition of images change or alter our perception of political figures / political events?
2) How can I approach the issue of political division through colours?