Before the end of the summer holiday, SC Gallery is proud to present a joint exhibition titled “Women’s FREESTYLE” featuring four young female artists! This exhibition adopts the theme of freestyle, allowing the four artists complete freedom of creativity and unrestricted expression. It’s all about freestyle!
Beginning by introducing the first artist, “Nobody Here.” For this exhibition, the artist has created a series of works that transcend gender and social roles, using the name “hän” as the title of her series. In the Finnish language, “he” and “she” are covered by a single neutral pronoun “hän”. The artist believes that people should not be classified, as there are languages around the world that have gender-neutral pronouns. In many of these languages, pronouns also carry additional meanings, such as a person’s class or status. In Finnish, these meanings are omitted, and a single word – “hän” can refer to a king or a beggar, to someone with a doctorate degree or a child just starting school.
Nobody Here believes that categorization is based on cognition, and categorizing things is one way for people to understand reality. If we can change our perception of things, we may be able to change the reality. Through her works, she challenges the public’s perception of things, from the transition from masculinity to feminism to the hierarchical systems in society.
Doris Chui continues to use scenes from her personal life and memories as the blueprint for her artwork. She combines slightly distorted body movements with surreal atmospheres and vibrant colours to explore the artist’s personal emotions and experiences, particularly themes of loneliness and self-reflection. The characters in her works deliberately have diminished features and slightly twisted postures, representing the state of loneliness and suppression in modern society. Through paintings of interactions with cats, refractions from windows, and reflections on the
surface of lakes, the artist engages in a dialogue with herself.
Cho Wing-ki continues to portray people around her, sharing various beautiful aspects of life. She provides energy to the groups she values, such as two generations of mothers picking summer fruits for their families and neighbours; girls examining each other’s bodies before swimming; and even retreating to private spaces. The artist is still surrounded by works from different creators, showcasing life in the summer sunlight and nurturing each other as they freely soar.
Ann Ng’s creations revolve around history and memory. Through painting, the artist seeks to establish an intimate relationship between history and the self, past and present, and people’s lives. Ann believes that intimacy makes people brave and is a way to confront fears and uncertainties about the future. The exhibited works, “Summer Swing” and “Midnight Bebop” reference the spontaneous and free jazz music or dance style of ‘Swing/Bebop’, which the artist often engages in with friends. “A Child Growing Flowers in the 1970s” and “Celebration of Morning Dew” are about two famous songs by the Korean musician Kim Min-ki during the military regime of the 1970s. The songs symbolize freedom and hope. The concepts of “flower blossoming” and “morning dew” in the lyrics also remind me of Chinese proverbs, expressing the transience and passing of youth, the hardships of life, and how we should live in the present moment.