Honours Project
余願
YU Sonia

“The famous architect Mies van der Rohe once said ‘Less is more'”. Truely, this is the main idea driving the work of Hong Kong emerging artist Sonia Yu. Focused on sculpture and painting practices, Yu developed an interest in Abstract Expressionism. She is especially fond of Minimalism. It is not difficult for viewers to notice Yu’s works of art are in primary colours, either white or red. In addition, her works usually comprise identical geometrical forms. People often say Yu’s works reminds them of Indian totems, this is probably because the artist often gets inspiration from the nature, especially animals and plants. An ongoing theme linking much of herwork is the subject matter of birds.

Yu’s collection of works reveals what her “ideal-self” would be in the coming five years. She uses totem animals as the subject matter because each of them symbolizes a certain spiritual connotation. She believes different animals representing respective powers are ruling her destiny in different stages of life. She wishes to make use of artistic practices to record small and big incidents in life.”

建築大師密斯•凡德羅説過:「簡單就是美」,這亦是余願的創作理念。余主要以雕塑和繪畫作為創作媒介,傾向於抽象表現主義,尤其喜愛簡約主義。余喜歡運用原色來創作,例如白色和紅色。她的作品多以幾何圖形建構而成,不其然讓觀眾聯想起印地安圖騰。這是因為余多從大自然尋找創作靈感,其中「雀鳥」一直是她的創作主題,她認為圖騰和靈獸能夠象徵不同的思想和力量。在余的作品中,她構想出五年後的自己,並希望以藝術來記錄生活中的大小事。

Amulet – To Break The Curse
護身符 - 解除魔咒

Acrylic on canvas
塑膠彩布本

Set of 3: 61 cm × 81 cm each
2019

I find it interesting that Malevich’s Black Square was treated like a Russian Orthodox icon while Chinese people regarded Mao Zedong as the only god during the Chinese Revolution. These two incidents trigger me to make a series of work related to the art of religion. I want to emphasize the fact that people always utilize the “image of god” to protect themselves from evil spirits. They consider the “image of god” as a sort of amulet. Let alone Black Square and Mao, the Lord Ganesh, Buddha and Jesus Christ are examples of these so-called amulets.

作品的靈感來自於馬列維奇的《白底上的黑色方塊》和文革時期的毛澤東像。通過宗教藝術的主題,反映人們經常利用「神的肖像」來辟邪,這些信徒視「神的肖像」為護身符,而大佛、耶穌和大象神便是其中的例子。