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.
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 an 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.
The exhibition "How about the other 80% you forgot?" is about the memories of a house.
It 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.
"How about the other 80% you forgot?"
Department of Fine Arts, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Mayching Kao Fine Arts Fund
Print Studio Inkchacha