This Bitter Earth
Tobe KAN Kiu Sin 簡喬倩
Ailsa WONG Nga Shan 黃雅珊
This Bitter Earth
23 November – 21 December 2019
Opening: Saturday, 23 November, 2-5 pm
Ooh, this, this bitter earth
Well, I found out can be, be so, be so cold
Today you're young and before you know it
Too soon, you've grown old
But while a voice within me cries
Someone, someone may answer my call
And this bitter earth, this bitter, bitter earth
May not, may not be so bitter after all
-Lyrics excerpt of “This Bitter Earth”, written by Clyde Otis, 1960
“This Bitter Earth” presents new paintings and drawings of emerging artists Tobe KAN Kiu Sin and Ailsa WONG Nga Shan. Both artists are fascinated by the subconscious mind, and reveals in their works the current state of disturbance beyond the calm facades.
KAN unfolds the human mind and a sense of alienation in her works, and observed by the absent spectators from afar. KAN continues the exploration of human psychoanalysis and boundaries between life and death. Her new works depict still life from observation of her surroundings - vegetation beside her studio, monastery and cemetery. While the previous series consist of sleeping figures, this time KAN focuses on still life of greeneries. As different as it may seems, both her paintings of lifeless figure and still life are shadowed by shades of green, a colour KAN finds closely related to dead, illness and healing.
WONG expresses in her painting simple and yet precise visual languages, investigates the subconscious mind and the state of thoughtlessness. Her work is about memory: a series of thoughts hidden in the subconsciousness rather than a recollection of actual experiences with coherent narratives. She depicted in her work represents anxiety and the state of powerlessness when being on the verge of falling. Through compelling imagery WONG displays in her works primitive emotions with simplicity.
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About the Artists
Tobe KAN Kiu Sin (b. Hong Kong) received her BAFA from RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School in 2017. Her artworks are held in numerous private collections. Kan is obsessed with psychoanalysis, to study her own state, explore and retrospect to the causality. Her work explores autobiographical experience and mental states. The focus of her practice examines the human condition of insecurity in relation to feelings of alienation or being forgotten. She experiments with painting, drawing and installation. Participated exhibitions include solo exhibition “Peck-eyes Ravens” (CL3 Architects Limited, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2018, group exhibition “TAKE 1” (Lwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 2019), “By the Window” (1a space, Hong Kong, 2019) and “An on-going balance of insecurity” (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2018). She is the recipient of Fresh Trend Art Award of Fresh Trend Art Graduations Joint Exhibition in 2017. She currently lives and works in Hong Kong.
Ailsa WONG Nga Shan (b.1997, Guangdong) received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2019. Wong’s paintings and drawings are inspired by the hidden memory fragments in life, and express primitive emotions with vague imagery of human or object toward a non-narrative and illogical way. Participated exhibitions include “Wet Dream” (Hui Gallery, New Asia College, Hong Kong, 2019) and “Pia!” (Hui Gallery, New Asia College, Hong Kong, 2019). She received Gaylord Chan Painting Award from the Department of Fine Arts in CUHK in 2018. She currently lives and works in Hong Kong.