Getting past Hollywood road entering into Sai street, that foreign artistic vibe lingers in the air, as lots of small stores occupy this street with their personal sense of uniqueness. Welcomed by a lovely hand written board at the door, we entered to find ourselves surrounded by the smell of lemon grass tea and small servings of sweet temptations lined up along the bar side in Boom Gallery & Cafe.Cozy and neat, Lam Pei’s art works hang matching to the surroundings; but only one would really notice the sort of struggle and challenge the artist face within her works when you focus into her traces.
Suffering from an immune system defect, she constantly faces the tremor of reacting to certain outbreaks. Instead of being defeated by the feeling of constant fear, she makes use of such an emotion as her source of creativity and expression in art. She recalls this one time when her eyes were irritated during 6am in the morning, and before she know it, she was already sent to the emergency room for her throbbing reaction to light. Thus, one painting vividly portrays her fear in the lose of sight by representing hollow eye sockets on her character.
Each painting represents a sort of personal struggle, whether emotionally or physically, she sees the tension between sickness and creativity; inner identity and the outer. Initially a graphics graduate and a full time graphics designer; she exclaims that she never thought what she was doing could be “art” in the first place. Thus choosing graphics design as her major, she naturally fell into the career. Not until her doodles and drawings really made an impact, feeling more in control of her creations, was when she really decided art was the way to go. Diverting herself now from being a graphics designer, she turns to the productions of her very own products; with a focus especially on her new developed character Thief Sophie.
Developed from a random doodle on an abandoned old landscape painting, she opened not only Sophie’s door literally in the painting, but also her own. Aiming to become a self efficient and money earning artist, catering to the family, she treats Thief Sophie like a daughter on mission for her. Other than focusing on the selling of her artworks, she also wishes to transform the main message and motivation behind her works into being socially relatable, rather than being so personal at the moment.
I personally enjoyed the exhibition a lot, as it reminds me of pop up exhibitions back in Vancouver. Consistent in style with an aesthetically pleasing character throughout her collection; I await to see how she implies more social concepts into her works for enhanced associations with the general public.
See it yourself from now until the 12th of August at Boom Gallery & Cafe.
G/F, 48 Sai Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
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