“The famous architect Mies van der Rohe once said ‘Less is more'”. Truely, this is the main idea driving the work of Hong Kong emerging artist Sonia Yu. Focused on sculpture and painting practices, Yu developed an interest in Abstract Expressionism. She is especially fond of Minimalism. It is not difficult for viewers to notice Yu’s works of art are in primary colours, either white or red. In addition, her works usually comprise identical geometrical forms. People often say Yu’s works reminds them of Indian totems, this is probably because the artist often gets inspiration from the nature, especially animals and plants. An ongoing theme linking much of herwork is the subject matter of birds. Yu’s collection of works reveals what her “ideal-self” would be in the coming five years. She uses totem animals as the subject matter because each of them symbolizes a certain spiritual connotation. She believes different animals representing respective powers are ruling her destiny in different stages of life. She wishes to make use of artistic practices to record small and big incidents in life.
I’m Not Losing This Battle, Nope
White cardboard, red marker and Elmer’s glue
This artwork as experimentation of ‘cardboard’ testing. I have had a strong interest in sculpture and found irregular 3D forms intriguing since secondary school. I tried stacking small pieces of triangular cardboard to form a larger figure. The stacking process turned out to be a balancing maquette which actually balances itself and is suspend on a white balsawood stand. The form itself is intriguing as well; it somehow looks like a flapping bird striving for survival. It is unfinished and non-finito which actually triggers a beginning idea for my final year project.