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Healing Self Healing

MACAH VIS511 Curatorial Project

Curated by Chao Ian Tong Adela, Kwok Ka Lung Raymond, Tang Wing Shan Hannah, Wong Yi Tung Suzanne,                      Yu Yanyi Yvette


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Healing Self Healing

Artists: Broken Isn’t Bad, Chao Harn Kae, Charlotte Mui, Iris Yung
Curators: Chao Ian Tong Adela, Kwok Ka Lung Raymond, Tang Wing Shan Hannah, Wong Yi Tung Suzanne, Yu Yanyi Yvette



Introduction


With the internet and new technologies easily accessible, people could have lots of activities online even when social activities are outsourced. As stated in Lembke’s theory, people lose their abilities to take in joy from ordinary pleasures when they get used to consuming high-endorphin rewards such as social media. The gradually built-up virtual society and the temporary pleasure from high-endorphin activities therefore cannot bring real rest. It only creates an illusion leading people to be unmotivated to pursue human connections or “slow-paced” relaxation. This results in a vicious cycle where people cannot release stress and anxiety completely.

Proudly presented by the Department of Digital Arts and Creative Industries, Lingnan University, a team of five MA students would curate the exhibition Healing Self Healing (治癒 ‧ 自癒) in response to the above concerns. The exhibition focuses on three artistic mediums - tarot, tattoo, and ceramics, which many believe their processes, forms and the ways of interaction serve healing impacts. Tarot encourages people to face their traumas through verbal interpretations of images. Tattoo attends to emotional healing through its creative process and its permanent existence. Ceramics achieves mindfulness through its art-making process. It is hoped through presenting the artworks of these three elements, visitors may be inspired in seeing new ways for relaxation and self-empowerment, or even to start their Self Healing journey by seeing these healing hinted behind the shown objects.

Tarot is the element to explore healing through tarot card designs and reflecting on self. In the process of tarot-reading, visual imagery and language narrative interpretation work side-by-side to explore subconsciousness in one’s mind. The big wheel shows the major arcana of the tarot deck by Broken Isn’t Bad, as well as keywords and quotes mentioned by the artist throughout the design process for the deck. By spinning the wheel to match the word with the visual images, visitors are encouraged to have their own interpretations and reflections to experience the process behind tarot-reading. Alternatively, visitors may sit in the carpeted floor area to interact with tarot decks created by Broken Isn’t Bad and Charlotte Mui. The two decks have very different designs in terms of styles, way of presenting the images and the inspirations behind the characters appearing in the cards. By shuffling and looking at these artworks on the cards, visitors may find their own understanding with aid of the guidebooks or interactions with other visitors.

Tattoo is the element that benefits one's emotional healing through the tattooing process and outcome. It emphasizes the motivation, process and outcome of obtaining a tattoo. Throughout the whole process, it allows an individual to fetch sources of strength, reclaim peacefulness through the transformation of emotion and gain self-empowerment or more. Thus, personal significance based on these visual narratives and experiences are constructive towards emotional healing. This section of the exhibition will incorporate customized tattoo works created by a local artist, Iris Yung. The manifestation of the artwork will be in a parallel form - on one side, emotions and implications of the works will be demonstrated in a linguistic form, and on the other side, photographs of the tattooed works will be presented respectively. Audiences are encouraged to look through the linguistic meanings and visual outcomes, in order to be cognizant of which obtaining a tattoo could be a way for one to heal. Photographs will be displayed showing these cases of people who transformed their emotions and thoughts into the permanent existence of visuals on their skin. On that account, audiences are encouraged to look for their own steps towards healing through knowing the experiences of others.

Ceramics is the element that encourages the art-maker to concentrate and attain balance through the creative art-making process. Its essence could be found through emotional communication with the self and expressing their feelings through the art-making process. One may also feel connected to their inner self with the outside world when working with others throughout the process. The ceramics-making instruction work by Chao Harn Kae provides an opportunity for the audiences to experience the process, thus attaining their own healing.


Broken Isn't Bad

Broken Isn’t Bad is a Croatia-based artist and graphic designer, whose works are characterized by minimal black and white line-based drawings combining geometric and nature-related elements. The artist’s own feelings and emotions, spirituality and astrology, and literature are the main inspiration for their works.


Chao Harn Kae

Chao Harn Kae is a Malaysian-born ceramic artist, who has been working in Hong Kong since 2004. He is enthusiastic in clay sculpting, and also does bronze sculptures and painting. His works deliver his deepest feelings and emotions and reveal humanistic emotions.


Charlotte Mui

Charlotte Mui is a Hong Kong-based art-maker, closet-writer and tarot-reader, who likes to explore different ways of expression and usually paints with watercolour or digital devices. Her works are inspired by mythologies, art history, popular culture and more. The artist’s works are also reflections of her own experience.

Iris Yung

Iris Yung is a Hong Kong-based tattoo artist and painter, who specialises in modern abstract style, and acrylic paintings. Her work aspires to disassemble and recombine on objects with various and intensive emotions, which allows her to perceive her inner self and the outside world.