Artist Statement – Annysa Ng
Eyes Closed may imply sleeping, dreaming, the state of unconsciousness. It may also be a passive state, a refusal to show emotions. I explored topics of identity and reality as perceived through various states of consciousness.
The silhouette images lack any inferences of emotion and identity. Costume and posture of the figure become the only visual languages. Combining the Elizabethan collar with traditional Chinese costume, the silhouettes do not merely illustrate the coexistence of Eastern and Western cultures in Hong Kong; they also emphasize the paradox of its void identity.
My pen and ink paintings negotiate both the presence and absence of culture that takes place in Hong Kong, the dark aesthetic reveals the astonishment between conflicts and compromises; divergence and convergence.