MOVEMENT IN STILLNESS presents “Fold and Unfold”, the latest body of work by Hong Kong-born contemporary artist Nancy Tong. It merges a long artistic tradition of Chinese ink art with the science of folding, creating an intimate connection between generational love and timeless creativity. The exhibition showcases 16 artworks, including paintings, works on paper and installations.
In her first solo exhibition in her home town, Tong dialogues with her father through the body of work that ties her emotional personality to her father’s inspirational creativity. She brings together and breaks down various elements of her childhood memories and experiences to create a new synthetic dimension. Tong employs folded canvas, which holds the essence of invisible movement, and also performance, through which the viewer perceives the artist’s physical strength and mental act of making. She creates a spontaneous yet harmonic rhythm by converting folds into form and movement, creating her own geometric, sculptural work. Her work is a visual manifestation of emotion, perception and material merging as one to form an emotion-visuality symbiosis.
Tong’s folding practice has deeper familial roots, with a strong inspirational bond from her father. When she was growing up, her father managed advertisement designs for a number of famous local and international brands. Some of Tong’s earliest childhood memories are of her father working on his revolutionary designs for carton packaging. The excitement, joy and pride she felt while holding her father’s designs in her hands was indescribable. It was then that she fell in love with the power of folding, the power of material, and the power of simple geometric redesign.
Tong won the Taylor Foundation’s Renée Beja Award at the 2020 Salon d’Automne in Paris. Her work has been displayed in South Korea, London, Paris, Melbourne, Serbia and Hong Kong. She was born in Hong Kong, and received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Painting, from RMIT University in Melbourne in 2019.
The MOVEMENT IN STILLNESS art exhibition will surprise you in a resonant space of encounter.
Interviews with the artist are welcome and can be arranged.
2-12-2021 (Thu) 16:00 - 19:00
Artist Sharing: Nancy Tong and Professor Chan Yuk-keung, Kurt
Date: 11-12-2021 (Sat) 15:00-16:00
Venue: Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery
Monday - Saturday 11:00 - 19:00
Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays