Fashion magazines and shojo manga have been inspiration of my figurative drawings. Apart from the artistic aspects in fashion design, I particularity am interested in the illusion of changeability of women physical appearance and the fantasy of identity change behind the glamorous photographs on fashion magazines. I also am interested in the stylistic background effects in shoijo manga, like bubbles, sparkles and speed lines. They work as graphic index to tell the emotional expressions of the characters in the story, at the same times they can be pure abstract patterns. Through my works I want to explore the idea of self objectification and the fluidity of sexuality, by manipulating viewers to a point of uncertainty and uncomfortably.
The sources of my landscape drawings ranged from pictures on magazines, the symbols and those abstract background effects frequent seen in Japanese manga , pattern of ink marks on traditional Chinese landscape paintings, the patterns on 70’s wallpapers and many other graphic images. I have these visual images internalized are build up in my memory and became part of my own private collection of fragmental samples of lines, form, shape, and texture. It becomes impossible to depict them as what they once were. Instead of making an accurate reproduction of these same visual images, I am more interested in exploring the possibility in a combining the genre of landscape painting and figurative painting with abstraction. By fusing up and re-arrange all these various patterns/ lines/ shape/ recognizable images with individual styles on distort spatial space, I want to show viewers a rich plural mixture of pictorial structure with a dimension of time on paper and canvas.
Artist Bio / CV
Carol Ho was born in Hong Kong, 1974. Immigrated to Canada with her family in 1991, received BFA degree from University of Calgary in 1998. She studied at Royal College of Art in London, UK, earned a MA degree in Fine Art in 2001. Her works have been showed in UK, Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.
'Leben Leiben’, RISE Berlin, Germany
On Paper’, Too Art Gallery, Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong
2005’30 x 30', Vertigo Gallery, London, UK’VenArt’, Shoreditch, London, UK
'AFTERSHOCK’, Group Exhibition, 1A Space, Hong Kong
'Duped’, Group Exhibition, London, UK
'FAITH’, Group Exhibition, Transition Gallery, London, UK
'Gallery Artists’, Vertigo Gallery, London, UK
'Faith’, Group Exhibition, CAS, Osaka, Japan
'Arty-Texture’, Transition Gallery, London, UK
'Ways To Die’, Hoxton Distillery, London
'Ruin/ Souvenir’, Transition Gallery, London, UK
'Six Years: 1996 to 2002, Works by Carol Ho’ Red Deer & District Museum, Canada
'Chamois’, MOT Gallery, London
Open Studio 2002, Limehouse Art Foundation, London‘The Poster The Show + 1’, Hoxton Distillery, London
Arty 11, June 2003, London, UK
Red Deer Advocate, Arts Review, “Thin Line”, January 17 2003, Canada
Red Deer Advocate, article by Penny Caster, January 9 2003, Canada
Arty Student Special, August 2001
Royal College of Art Graduate, 2001
The Times, London List Section, May 26th 2001
Royal College of Art 2001 Show Press Images
Assembly 2000, exhibition catalogue, published by sponsors Eric Drossart, Michel Neeus and Katie Robyns, London; texts by Beth Mears, Dann Fox Henry Ward, John Hutnyk, Nicky Coutts, Jemima Montagu and Vanda Playford
Royal College of Art, the University of Calgary, Red Deer and District Museum and private collectors.