Ho Sin Tung
b. 1986, Hong Kong
Ho Sin Tung started learning painting in Cultural Corner, founded by Gaylord Chan. Having graduated from Immanuel Lutheran College in 2005 and the Department of Fine Arts of Chinese University in Hong Kong in 2008, she is now a full-time artist.
Her two-dimensional work predominantly uses pencil, graphite and watercolour in combination with found and ready-made images – including the use of stickers, maps, charts, rubber-stamps and timelines. She had her solo exhibition "Icarus Shrugged" at Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong (2015) and participated in SeMA Mediacity Biennale Seoul (2014) and the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012).
Ho nourishes a passion for cinema and many of her works are inspired by movies, or by her personal experience of watching a movie. Drawn to horror scenarios, she believes in ghosts and expresses some of her deep fears in her drawings. Her representation of human bodies is therefore at the edge of reality, reflecting her fantasies, pains and obsessions.
About More or Less
In the traditional dance field, the intolerance of physical abnormalities is firmly established. The art form is almost eugenic as the discipline tends to exclude all bodies that are not perfectly fit. In the past, people with physical abnormalities could dance but only as a spectacle to be consumed in Freak Show. At the same time, dance has always created monsters visually, by requiring “normal” dancers to distort their bodies. Norms could therefore appear as a source of suffering for both normal and abnormal bodies.
Ho creates a series of portraits of dancers with multiple limbs. Some of the dancers overlap their limbs to create the monstrous shape, while some of them were simply born into this.
Polymelia is a birth defect which causes the affected individual to have more than the usual number of limbs. And the extra limbs are usually deformed. But in Ho’s drawings all the limbs are long and sturdy, hinting a creature not conforming to this world, reminding us of the original nature of man according to the comic playwright Aristophanes in Plato’s Symposium.
Exhibition details of "The Human Body: Measure and Norms" (5.12.2015 - 6.2.2016)