Art » Memento Mori

Voxfire Gallery, /F 52 Gage Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Sonya Fu Biography

Sonya Fu (中文名: 傅敏兒 b.1982) is a surrealist artist based in Hong Kong. Growing up in the former British Colony where East meets West, Fu is influenced by both Oriental and Western culture.

Starting from 2010, Fu has exhibited in galleries and art fairs across Hong Kong, China, America, Australia and Germany. Fu's work has been featured in many renowned art publications including Curvy, Laminate Most Wanted and the Semi-Permanent art books.

In 2011, Fu was endorsed by Semi-Permanent as a new and notable artist of Hong Kong and selected to demonstrate live digital painting for Wacom at Semi-Permanent HK. In the same year, Fu was awarded with Perspective Magazine's '40 Under 40' which celebrates and acknowledges top young creative talent throughout Asia.

Fu's chosen medium is digital painting, this encompasses an intricate and unique process which enables her to paint with very detailed and delicate brushstrokes. Using inspirations from dreams, music, morality and religious belief systems, Fu bases her subject matter on hypnagogic imagery and the unseen beauties she has encountered during episodes of sleep paralysis. All of this combined introduces the obscure and eerie atmosphere in Fu's work.

Sonya quotes “My art can be disturbing to the audience, but this is my honest interpretation of the consciousness that lies deep within me. If my work manages to scare, sadden, excite or inspire people, then I am doing the right thing as an artist – creating and conveying emotion.”

Alan Kwan Biography

Alan Kwan (b.1990) is an artist working at the intersection of cinema and new media art.

His art projects, which involve experimentation with film, videogame, animal organ, and various emerging technologies including life-logging devices and brainwave sensors, have been shown in exhibitions around the world including Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), ZKM Center for Art and Media (Germany), CYNETART Festival (Germany), Vector Game Art Festival (Canada), Games of Art Festival (Australia), and 404 International Festival of Art & Technology (Argentina), as well as been featured in major media such as Discovery Channel, WIRED, Popular Science, and Boston Globe.

Started making short film at the age of 9, he has also been an independent film director whose works have been awarded and showcased in film festivals including International Video Art Festival Camaguey (Cuba), Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (ifva). In late 2011, he was invited to attend the Asian Producer’s Lab at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea.

Artist Statement

Artist: Sonya Fu

"Memento Mori" is a Latin phrase, an artistic and symbolic reminder of the inevitability of death.

I am intrigued by the religious perspectives and the New Age concepts on life and death. I don't see death as the end nor a taboo subject matter that we should feel intimidated about. Instead, I see death as a beginning of a new journey to other planes of existence, where our consciousness continues to grow and explore in different forms and fashions.

In one of my paintings 'Blossom', flowers are extended from a beating heart nourished by its life force, each heartbeat reminds us of our mortality. I think the temporariness of flowers bears a strong resemblance to our life, both fascinating and temporary. Therefore, instead of being terrified by the idea of death, I think we should embrace the present moment and think of death as a reminder to live life to the fullest.


Artist: Alan Kwan

Using custom mechanical device and computer program, the artist reactivates a heart from a dead pig and turns that into a clock consisting of flesh and silicon.

In this installation, I artificially reactivate a dead heart which is separated from the pig's body, and convert that into a clock. By creating such entity that is biologically functionless and exists only with the superficial features of life and time, I attempt to challenge people's impressions towards existence and at the same time question the many contrived activities happening in the world we live in.

藝術家自述

藝術家: 傅敏兒

"Memento Mori " 一 拉丁文,意指死亡是無法避免的。

我一直對各宗教和新時代對「生」和「死」的闡釋非常感興趣,我不把死亡看成終結,也不覺得死亡是一個禁忌的題材,我們更不用對死亡產生恐懼。相反,我相信死亡是另一種存在的開始,而我們的意識在肉身死後,會以不同的形態和模式在其他空間繼續成長和經歷不同的實相。

我在是次畫展中的其中一份作品'Blossom (萌心萌生)',心臟滋養繁花,每次心跳都提醒我們「仍是活著!」的這個事實。短暫而美麗的花和我們的的生命互相共鳴,兩者都是迷人和短暫的。既然如此,預期要為死亡而苦惱和害怕,我覺得,倒不如視死亡為一個警惕,提醒我們要擁抱現在,活在當下。


藝術家: 關子維

藝術家運用機械裝置及電腦程式,令已死的豬心臟重新跳動,將其變成一個結合肉與矽的時鐘。

在這個作品中,我用人工的設計令割離豬身體,已然死去的心臟重新跳動,並成為一個時鐘。它全無生理功能,徒具生命與時間的表徵,藉此我嘗試挑戰生命對人的印象,以及嘲諷人們在世上做的許多牽強的事。

About the Artists: Sonya Fu | Alan Kwan
About the Show: Memento Mori (Chi)