The works of Wu Hoi Yan (Glary) transforms and defamiliarizes the familiar through painting and drawing, her works function as a language to connect and shorten the distance between oneself and the society. She often starts with her observation on something minor and inconspicuous, while taking reference from novelist, sociologists, photographs she took, and strangers she met in daily life. The interaction within various fields of studies, with poetic notion allowing emotional interpretation on existence and absence, are involved. Her practice reconsiders the general knowledge on forms and structures of paintings while experimenting the possibility of materials, pushing the limits of each story’s presentation and display approaches. Referencing to ontology, she is interested in the possibility of personal emotions, understanding and languages applied to found objects. Glary is interested in combining flat pictorials with daily objects that have a unique function, weight, texture and form. Glary emphasizes the unexpected accidents made in the process, short conversations or unnoticeable objects that exist in daily routine could become elements of her work. Recently, she is focusing on broadening her painting practice in order to reconsider the nature of painting and the notion of objects-as-sculptures. Through depicting elements from the flat area to outer space as a canvas, she creates communication from the inside to the outside of a painting.
SHO_T THE BA_L
Mixed media on wood panel
The scenery I literally see is not complete. As from urbanscape to landscape, from the centre of court to fishing pool, from the dotted line on the court to hangman, makes half of them become unreal. This is no longer a football court, but a space full of wild ideas and accidents.
I want to open a restaurant
Charcoal, pencil, colour pencil, printing inks, pastels and stickers on paper
“I would like to open a restaurant in Indonesia” said Yati, my domestic helper. So I drew her one, before she owns one.
Graphite pencil, pastels, tape, stickers, string and oil on canvas
That’s how I remember this scenery in Switzerland.
Hide and Seek in the City
Why not playing hide and seek with strangers in the city? 3, 2, 1, freeze…