Chu Wing Lam (Kelly) is a visual artist who believes art is a means for her to question idealised notions surrounding us. She primarily practices paintings. She also works with images, moving images and events. Collaborative projects and exhibitions are also significant parts of her art practice.
Debates of painting and feminist theory often inspire her to make impolite works. It is important for her to push the boundaries of taste and disorient the audience expectations. She enjoys transforming the hidden artistic value of different materials, sites and events, which are often ordinary, abandoned or neglected. Her art pieces are often in a state of change, and time plays an important role in activating them.
Her works have been featured in group exhibitions including Zone Out (South Korea, 2019), Give Way to Painting (Hong Kong, 2018), Please Go in Person (2017), Balance (2015) and TASTER (2014). She is also a co-founder of AVA’s happenings, which is an online platform that facilitate self-initiated projects among students.
Paint on drainage
Drainage (2018) is a site-specific temporal painting, which paint is poured into the drainage trench on the ground and it would be washed away by rain.
Laserjet print transferred on plastic bags, video
The process of transferring printed image of different individuals into plastic bags ‘dehumanized’ the subjects, reducing them into objects that publicly presented. Putting on medium, waiting for it to dry and removing the paper tissue with a sponge. It bears resemblance to the beauty treatment for skin. The faces in Objectification (2019) includes iconic female from the list of ‘100 Most Beautiful Faces’, snow white and AI robot Sophia, etc.
Crayon on objects
“Representation” is a painting questioning our relationship with the forms of our objects in our everyday surroundings.
Paint on mirror, Mina magazine 2018. Issue.07 and book ‘Point and Line to Plane’ by Wassily Kandinsky
“Expression” is a painting explores the expression of self through line, point and plane.
Venting system’s leaking water of gallery, tea, cotton rope
Network (2019) is a site-specific installation which operates within the venting system inside a gallery.