Kwok Ying2001

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Hong Kong Museum of Art

The artist's love of patterns is evident in this work, with the pattern of rattan mats presented on a Chinese hanging scroll. She has painstakingly recreated the texture of a mat in a repetitive motif not unlike woven fabric. On closer examination, it is almost a life-like replica of real mat. The uniform composition in Kwok's art invites the viewer to be aware of the most insignificant things around them. Kwok has employed this minimalist, direct approach to replace the clichéd narrative of pop culture. In doing so, she uses ordinary daily subject matter to express her personal understanding of modern society.

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  • Title: Mattress
  • Creator: Kwok Ying
  • Date Created: 2001
  • Theme: Abstract
  • Physical Dimensions: w78.4 x h195.5 cm
  • Artist's Biography: Born in China, Kwok graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2000 where she studied Fine Arts. She also received her Master's degree from Chelsea College of Arts and Design, University of Art, London in 2004 with a Chevening Scholarship from the British Council. She was awarded "Hui's Fine Arts Awards (Painting)" (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2000), "Ding Yanyong Memorial Artistic Achievement Award" (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2000) and the "Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition - Prize of Excellence" (Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2001). She is one of the founders of the artist group, "Association" in Manchester, and is currently curator of the Chinese Arts Centre in the UK.
  • Type: Ink on silk