MAN Mei To 文美桃
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.
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.
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.