"How about the other 80% you forgot?"
Master of Fine Arts - Graduation show 2015 - Solo exhibition of Elva LAI
Exhibition period: 10th July, 2015 ~ 31st July, 2015
Exhibition venue: 3/Floor Cheng Ming Building, New Asia College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
The exhibition "How about the other 80% you forgot?" investigates the life between important memories, those redundant and daily life in the distant past that we may unaware of. However, memories are motionless and they reside in space, especially when we decide to move out of it and revisit the space after a long time, we could see those daily life in the past vividly. By depicting and washing a deteriorated house, which was abandoned since its owners had emigrated, we would be able to find out how memory in the distant past exists in present.
The installation work entitled “Memory in Space II” is a series of tailored-made, table-sized glass boxes which can be hung on wall. These boxes are made of steel and glass mesh. The left and right sides of each box are open-ended. Through the mesh glass, there is a single photographic image in each box. The audience can look through the mesh glass and both sides of the open box and see the detailed, hand-drawn intervention on top of the inkjet-printed photographic image. The photographic images inside the box convey the main idea of this series.
I created a series of photos evoked from a house once mattered to me, a house that was a gift from my father to my mother and where I spent most of my childhood. The inkjet prints on paper photos are artificially faded with scratches on the surface made by hand, which conveys a sense of longing for a past that also relates to my experience of being a child of migrants in Hong Kong. By partially removing the thick paint of the exhibition panels, which were used over many years, traces of the previous exhibitions are revealed in fields of faded white patches. These white patches resonate with the abandoned house. To complete my visual reflection on loss and memory, I contained the above-mentioned images inside tailored made metal-mesh-frame glass. Thus emphasising the idea that these images are at the same time in the past and inaccessible if not through an enormous effort of memory.