Honours Project
陳佩詩
CHAN Pui Sze Betsy

Exploring the possibility of different materials through storytelling is one of Chan Pui Sze (Betsy)’s artistic intentions. She combined illustration with different craft and techniques in her works, such as glass, ceramics, embroidery and paper cut in order to enrich the texture of different stories. Her previous works led her to explore different media by pushing the boundary between craft and illustration, and she looks to explore more in both abstract and narrative ways in her future practice.

Betsy often gets inspiration from memory, daily experience and literature and she keen on using surreal composition in both illustration and printmaking works. She selects symbols and objects from her memory or text and rearranges irrelevant objects to construct a new composition. By combining symbols and her own emotion into her work, she creates a poetic atmosphere that gives more space for viewers to imagine beyond the boundaries of texts. She likes surreal and poetic elements, such as flames burning in the rain, flowing river in the sky, transforming smoke, and so on. For her, they have their own symbolic meanings and emotions, and the audience will have their own interpretations.

陳佩詩探索各種物料的可能性與敘事性,作為創作方向。她曾結合不同工藝技法,如玻璃、陶瓷、刺繡和剪紙,以豐富作品的質感,並以不同的媒介去突破工藝與插畫的界限。

陳佩詩的靈感來自回憶、日常與文學。她會從回憶或文本中選取一些物件或意象,進行重新組合和構圖,將意象與感受融合於作品內,營造出一種超越文字的詩意氛圍,提供更大的想像空間。她喜愛超現實與詩意元素,不但便於寄情於作品,不同觀眾的解讀亦別有一番新意。

Became A Wisp of Light Smoke Eventually
最後都化作一縷輕煙

Incense stick burns on rice paper
線香、火焰、宣紙本

360 cm × 115 cm × 2 cm
2019

Burning incense sticks was the daily routine of my grandmother and the scent of incense smoke filled my memories of her funeral. By using incense sticks to burn the memories related to her personal belongings, the daily objects that disappeared in the funeral were rebuilt spiritually. In the process of incense sticks burning on paper, memories, time and life seem to fade away through the smoke, and gradually became emptiness.

上香是嫲嫲的日常,而焚香產生的煙霧繚繞也是我對她葬禮的回憶。我以線香作畫,將她隨身之物有關的回憶重新烙印,重塑那些消失於葬禮中的日常物品。焚香燒紙的過程中,回憶、時間與生命彷彿乘著煙瞬間消逝,漸漸化入空無。