Observation is an essential part of what Lau Hong Lam does. Most of his works are based on direct observation, drawings and photography. He attempts to use a straightforward approach to present delicate and subtle ideas in his daily life, thus the subject matters in his works are usually daily objects, human figures or sceneries. While observing and doing research, he sets up the objects and makes his creations simultaneously. Because observation takes time, the outcomes are continuously changing until they are done. In recent years, Lau explores and practises printmaking, especially Intaglio. It fully embodies the significance of the process and techniques. Printmaking includes intricate procedures and variations of which the result we cannot predict until all the steps are completed. Learn and inspired by his practices, he puts more attention on the details of subject matter and polishes his craftsmanship. To Lau, stringent requirements in techniques produce artworks that are more honest. Lau’s visual language is neutral and minimal. It raises the audience’s curiosity to explore the gaiety and sorrow in daily life. Makes marks of the existence of oneself.
Caramel Banana Tart
Mezzotint and chine-collé on paper
Record the first time of having farewell cake