Ma Wing Man’s work creates experiences, most often through creating scenarios or journeys for different audiences by awakening their senses, memories and emotions towards personal experiences or a place in particular. Inspired by participatory art, Ma finds intimacy and connection between people the most thoughtful and delightful entity. Audiences are often inadvertently engaged in the creative process of her work. Dialogues are triggered to redefine a certain space by surmounting its common purposes, changing people’s perception and ultimately building a new relationship between people and the physical space. While she is eager to construct space and collective moments with people, she is also accentuating the delicate minutiae of everyday life in her work. The inspiration of some of her works came from her deepest feeling towards the surroundings, her frustration and eagerness. They are transformed and manifested as her spiritual sustenance in her work. Ma Wing Man went for an exchange programme at Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland in 2018. Her works were exhibited in group shows including Hong Kong, Berlin and Zurich.
In the Lack of
Neps and threads from people connected with
I started missing steadiness and a place I can go back to.
I was unwillingly shifted to ten different apartments during my half-year exchange in Zurich, Switzerland due to lots of unpredictability and difficulties. The helplessness every time I moved from one place to another with all my luggages was beyond sufferable. The uncertainty before I moved into another place put me in desperation. I need a home.
For me, what builds a home is the people, the connection and relationship. I started to collect neps and threads, both silently and noticeably, from clothes of friends and strangers I met in anywhere at anytime. I recognised the easy evanescence of the intangible links with people and their importance to provide comfort and steadiness. At the end of the day, it is the intimacy between two people in every single action helped me to find a comfort, to connect happiness in an unfamiliar city.
So, am I home afterall?
Let’s Go on a Picnic
Making use of the properties of Kam Sheung Road MTR Station,( water, space, sunlight through the large windows, the low usage lawn and the weekend market outside the station) a picnic serving fresh and good quality handmade breads is held. Local citizens, friends and MTR staff are invited and welcome to join and taste a fresh slice of bread produced at the MTR. Through spending three to four hours in the MTR station to make bread, the restrictions with no eating, no staying, no private activity are challenged and the usage of MTR station is changed from the public space to private place. The perceptions of how people see and treat public spaces are inspired though the dialogues and their involvements.
A Translucent Moment with You
Paper, tracing paper, leaves
My vigorous handwriting left insensible markings on paper, only to share my modern Chinese poetries with people by reappearing the disappearing existence in every day. The imprinted poetries are about the subtle changes in a room that disappear every day and thus people can experience the delicate minutiae of everyday life.