IMMERSING ONESELF IN THE MATERIAL
On art collection Being Alone Together
Claire Lee, 2019
In time alone, there are moments I perceive a strong connection, soul recognition and resonance to nature and other human beings. I recognise the feeling of being present in the moment and able to grasp what I did not notice before.
A clear day of quietness without any great ceremony. Sunlight softly falling through a linen curtain. I started to immerse my visions into details. Edges of wood beams, weaving lines on fabrics and fleeting shadows on the wall, all integrated into one until it lost sense of the space itself. I explored the inner depths of being alone and seeing things in an original way.
Through this series of mixed media artworks, I express the way being alone is for me. Solitude, which is different from loneliness, emerged as a strikingly visual entity as an aesthetic emotion. In my drawings and photos, I explored with charcoal and ink, clay and plaster, along with poetry to create a ‘spiritual landscape’ expressing a state of mind finding a harmonious place elevated from discordant reality and peacefully embracing one’s solitude in cognitive empathy.
Lifting elements, the qualities of one’s mind. Take a piece of charcoal pressing hard as if to destruct, revolt and to consolidate. Letting it grows, dissolves, gathers, adsorbing and taking the material further into the black ink. The movement goes deeper, further into depth until it is through my mind and out of the reality.
Conversations with an object
Let object, the form to remind me of things rather than its real association. Allow images to well up around it. Things have a life of their own. Let the object reveals itself. I attend to fleeting thoughts at the edge of my consciousness. A place for myself in relations to the object. I look at it, hold it, play with it. Feel the textures on a piece of clay it comforts me as if there are no boundaries. The connection between me and the object stays on a beautiful sense of understanding. The movement of thoughts and the clarity, to me, is a form of freedom.
As I begin to assemble objects, forms, layers, textures and so on with clay and plaster, I am already discovering something about dimensions and qualities of my heart in this world. My thoughts act upon the imagination in solitude and landscape manifested upon by it. A constant dialogue is taking place.
I spend time silently without searching, without an idea, let lines and forms draw attention to themselves. Heaps of thoughts driven by unspoken emotions all dwell in the landscapes in my drawings or the objects I made. Small details come together majestically, lively. Similarly, and contrast, the spiritual scene transforming like a piece of clay, press, smear, smudge. In the constant movements of manipulation, my thoughts are delicate moments from my childhood, memories of my cat, nature, loneliness and human connections. I observe, follow, open up, my eyes and chest receive a profound calmness. Balance occupies the space with vast emptiness of all smallest movements of lines and shapes. I allow the flaws, the conflicts and uncomfortable occurs to the process of the art making, in the same time I hear the inner story tells itself clearly to me.
The objects I created relate the forms to the scale and weight of the landscape/my body and mind. Fragile things are surprisingly heavy. Split things that are soft and rigid things that are smooth. In my photographs on the objects, forms are at different scales, perspectives distorted, large becomes small and small turns to colossal. New angles, new energy arises while widened “landscape” wants to embrace the pain and the chaos. It is “the shared solitude” of people on both sides of an artwork. The almost stage-like installation draws attention to surfaces, as if to suggest that even apparently superficial encounters, like those between the artist and viewers, can have their own depth in cognitive empathy.
沉浸在物料中 - 關於藝術系列一起孤單
Being Alone Together 一起孤單
Exhibition 2019, June 6 - July 1
Opening Reception 5 - 8 pm June 6
1/F, 10 Shin Hing St, Central Hong Kong (Inside Yoga BamBam)
Exhibition opens Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 7 pm Sunday & PH 12 – 4 pm
Other hours by appointment only. Free admission for the public
開幕夜* 2019年6月6日 週四 下午5時至晚上8時
香港中環善慶街10號1樓 ( Yoga BamBam 內 )
展覽開放時間 週三至週六 下午12至7時 週日及公眾假期下午12至4時