The late 15th century Japanese term wabi-sabi expresses how seeking an aesthetic of stillness in life leads to a specific way of seeing. This workshop will explore the “aesthetic of stillness” in contemporary art and the connection between wabi-sabi and everyday life through a series of introspective exercises related to time and space.
The human voice is generated by the passage of air through the vibrating vocal cord. Cicadas produce a buzzing sound by contracting and vibrating muscles that line a vocal membrane on the sides of their abdomens. But does anyone know how the earth beneath us makes its sound? Participants will listen to the sound of earth at the end of the workshop.
Man Mei To’s artworks tell stories with materials as the point of departure, and delve into various media on a technical level. Through observing the intimacy of the body, she explores urban vistas, urban life, and transient things. By objectifying, cloning, reconstructing, or quantifying elements found in everyday life, her works awake us to the existence of beings of all kinds and the connection between their fragility and silence.
Man obtained her Bachelor of Arts at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) and Hong Kong Arts School in 2017, majoring in painting. She has held a number of solo exhibitions since 2016, including “Laundry Shop” (2016), “The Distance of Space” (2018) and “Sediment and Undercurrent” (2019). In 2021, she was selected for a Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Studio Residency.
Man has also participated in numerous local and international group exhibitions, including “Primitive Sense Art festival” (Japan, 2016), “Ensemble” (Taipei, 2017), “Zoo as Metaphor (2)”(Hong Kong, 2018), “Big wind blows” (Hong Kong, 2020), and “The Spaces Between the Words Are Almost Infinite” (Hong Kong, 2020).