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MAN Mei To 文美桃

簡介 Biography

Man Mei To, born in 1990, obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) degree, co-presented by RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School in 2017, majoring in painting. Her artworks incorporate various media such as painting, photography, video, sound, installation and mixed media.

Man’s artworks typically engage the “the body” and “the city”. She consciously carries her sensitivity of searching body intimacy to explore the landscape in city, urbanized life, fading scenario and vanishing objects around the cityscape. Her works aim at raising awareness on ‘ his ’ existence, and the dialogue between ‘his’ fragility and ‘his’ silence by objectifying, cloning, reconstructing and quantifying found objects around; and reconstructing the trace of existence from the fragments of the objects. She hopes to find a closed relationship between the land and our body through her art practice, until reaching a natural state for both to exist.

Man had her first solo exhibition at A walk with A3, Hong Kong in 2016. She also participated in Primitive Sense Art Festival atOmachi City, Nagano, Japan in 2016, ‘Ensemble’ (VT Artsalon, Taipei, 2017), ‘Zoo as Metaphor (2)’ (Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, Hong Kong, 2018), and Gwangju International Art Fair 2018 (Gwangju, Korea, 2018) etc.

文美桃,生於一九九零年,二零一七年獲皇家墨爾本理工大學及香港藝術學院藝術合辦之藝術文學士學位,主修繪畫。她的作品混合多種媒介,包括繪畫、攝影、錄像、聲音、裝置及混合媒介等。

文氏作品多涉及「城市」及「身體」兩種不同探索命題。由身體的親密性游走到城市的景觀,探究城市化的生活,消逝的事件與物件。用物化,複製,重塑,以及量化的方式,令你重新注視到他的存在,他的脆弱與沉默之間的對話。在脆弱、零碎的物件中尋找他曾存在的重量。把身體與土地拉得更近,帶到最自然的狀態。

文氏在二零一六年舉辦了首個個人展覽《洗衣店》 (A walk with A3, 香港),其他作品亦曾於國外展出,如 《原始感覺藝術祭》(大町市,日本,二零一六),《類聚集》(非常廟藝文空間,台北,二零一七),《像是動物園2》(香港醫學博物館,香港,二零一八) 及 《光州國際藝術博覽會》(光州,韓國,二零一八)等等。

My works tell the stories on the basis of the materials, with the employment of different techniques and mediums. I often see the exhibition space as my canvas, the materials as the colours, for executing my cross-media and experimental works. Part of my creative process is documented with photos.

我的創作以物料出發來講述事件/事情,並應用在不同媒介技術層面,常以展覽空間作為畫框場域、物料作顏色及訴說物,實行跨媒體實驗性空間與物料創作,部分創作會以攝影作記錄。

Leg – unknown syndrome
Some specimen I made that has been exhibited at the Medical Museum before. I claim they are my prototype of my own plastination technique.

​腿.不明症狀
曾於醫學博物館展出過的身體標本,那是我僅有的生物塑化技術試驗品。

Pickpocket
Inspired by Robert BRESSON's film with the same title, MAN Mei To explores in "Pickpocket" the theme of loss and gain. The sculpture replicates the arms of a pocket-picker, in which they have been merged and sprouted from the same base. Its form depicts the hand movement during the act of stealing – the action of pulling out and inserting the hand with the stolen goods back into the pocket.

​扒手
《扒手》顧名思義,啟發自布烈遜的《扒手》,底座承托著一雙兩頭生長的手臂,複製扒手的手腕尋索間與得手後的對比,在得失之間覓取平衡。

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Leg – Unknown Syndrome
腿. 不明症狀

2018
Wax, wood
蠟、木
Dimensions variable
尺寸不定

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Pickpocket
扒手

2020
Black iron,
oil pastel, wax
黑鐵、油粉彩、蠟
Dimensions variable
尺寸不定