Chan Ying Nam is a sentimental person. Even a minor change can become a great trigger in her emotions. She believes that no one’s life is perfect, but all these traumas can become the strongest sword in her own creativity. Every time when she feels lost and in pain, she will transfer her emotions physically into photographs or paint and hope it will become part of the best aspect of her life.
During the dark times, Chan reads a lot of books about philosophy. The principle ideas of Tai Chi and Buddhism has created a strong impact on her. Black and white are her favorite colour palette. They are very simple but with strong flexibility. According to the philosophy of Buddhism, our world is full of desire and illusion, sometimes it is hard to observe the essence of things. Therefore, black and white are the best tools for decoding the illusion, as they are the simplest colour in our world. Referencing on local history, her recent work is mostly criticizing local topics including social and political issues by using photography, illustration and craft designs and aim to record moments of joy and reflection.
Day and Night
Digital printing on art paper and paper cut
Double-sided book in accordion folded binding “DAY and NIGHT” was created in 2017. It critiques changes in Hong Kong from two different perspectives by using black and white colour to express emotion. The “DAY” side is in white colour with the narration from an old woman who was born in the 50s, showing her glorious future hopes for Hong Kong. The “NIGHT” side is in black colour with the narration from a young teenage boy who was born after 1997, showing his loss of hope of Hong Kong.
Digital photography and 3D rendering image
A 3D prototyping work criticizes the issue of ocean debris. The work consists of 10 kinds of debris, which were also listed as the top 10 marine garbage by the Ocean Conservancy. This work enables the audience to observe and feel the problem of sea debris through immersive connections.
Iced fruits, hot tea cups
Time is an illusion. When you feel happy, time seems like a minute. But when you are depressed, time seems like as long as infinity. That’s the theory of relativity. In this project, we transferred the sense of time movement into ice and drinks. While waiting for the ice melts, the audience can feel the time change through the tea. When the ice is gone it gives life meaning. To know your days are numbered, time is short. To share your love in time. Love is the only thing that can transcend time and space.