So Wing Po graduated with a BFA from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in Saint Louis in 2007, and with an MFA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012. Born into a family of Chinese medicine doctors, So grew up surrounded by medicinal ingredients, transforming them into raw materials for playthings and eventually artworks. Seeing that traditional Chinese medicine originates in observation, sensitivity and imagination towards nature, So applies the same theory of knowledge in her investigation of forms, materiality, metaphysics and relationality.
So had a solo exhibition at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, titled “Six-part Practice” (2018). Her work has also been widely exhibited in group shows, including “Ghost Walk” (Hong Kong Fringe Club, Hong Kong, 2015); “Sound of Image: Exploring the Links between Audio Description and Visual Art” (Hong Kong Cattle Depot Artist Village, Hong Kong, 2013); “Seesaw- MA Fine Arts Graduation Show” (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2012); “Black Market” (Wan Chai Gresson Street, Hong Kong, 2012); “Detour 2012: Hawkerama II” (Wan Chai Police Station, Hong Kong, 2012); “Market Forces” (Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, 2012); “Exhibition of Books Saint Louis Artist’s Guild”, Missouri, USA (2007). She also published an artist book in 2018, titled “From Space to Space: An Illustrated Guide to an Infinite Something”.
Wing Po So currently lives and works in Hong Kong.
HAHTTDT / 2019
Algae have been notoriously hard to classify in the Apollonianism of scientific taxonomy. Photosynthetic, they are neither plants, animals or fungi. So Wing Po creates mixed media installations that articulate the cellular view of underwater algae, visualizing the ancient genetics that influences observable sexual characteristics.
Some float freely, some sink. Some like it hot, some like it cold, and some like it dry. Some are single- celled, while some colonize. Some have sex, while some divide or fragment to grow new individuals. Some even survive from primitive ages and live amongst us. The profound diversity in algae is full of oddities and curiosity. To crack the genetic code where they stock up enormous data is but a step in apprehending the origin of the rainbow of diversity. Have a hard time to define them! They are the snapshots of multicellular evolution that culminates in our own.