Dr Ho Siu-kee develops a new piece for his "Aureola" series during the Bellagio Center Residency. The grotto is set within the Center, blending into its gorgeous gardenscape.


何兆基博士留駐意大利期間的一項「聖光」新作,背景是貝拉喬中心內的石窟。

Miss Hui Hoi-kiu (left) receives the 2015 New Art Wave International Artist Silver award.


許開嬌校友(左)獲頒發2015新藝潮國際藝術家獎銀獎。

Date: 04 Sep 2015 (Friday)

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Visual Arts scholar and alumna each gain international recognition

視覺藝術院學者校友分別獲頒國際殊榮

Dr Ho Siu-kee, Associate Professor of the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA), was selected by the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Programme to work on his creative series entitled Aureola in the Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy from mid-August to mid-September 2015.

Aureola is a series of wearable sculptures using the symbol of the halo to depict the limitation of the human body and the sublimation of the human mind. Dr Ho started working on this series a few years ago. He has created over 10 pieces of work with reference to the use of halos in Eastern art.

Dr Ho is further expanding this theme by exploring its use within Western (European) art during his stay in Italy. Aureola (or halo) is a universal symbol that appears in both Eastern and Western cultures. It has been used widely throughout human history, appearing in religious art of Buddhism in India and China as well as Catholicism and Christianity in Europe. Dr Ho aims to take a step further by exploring this motif and gaining insights from cross-cultural exchange with other artists and academics during his residency.

Meanwhile, Miss Hui Hoi-kiu, alumna of the Academy of Visual Arts, received the 2015 New Art Wave International Artist Silver award at the 2015 New Art Wave Expo held from 28-30 August 2015 for her graduating work entitled Blue and White Facial Tissues. One hundred finalists were selected from over 2,000 art work submissions produced by 328 artists from around the world. Among the finalists, 13 artists were students or alumni of AVA.

Miss Hui worked with facial tissues, which is considered a disposable, ordinary and everyday object. Her work superimposes various traditional patterns of precious Chinese blue-and-white porcelain on ordinary facial tissues. Miss Hui tried to redefine the value of facial tissues by highlighting the ambiguity between fine art and “non-art”. Through her work, Miss Hui transformed the nature of functional daily necessities, with the aim of questioning the general perception of art in society.

Miss Hui currently studies at China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Her work Blue and White Facial Tissues was showcased at the 2014 AVA graduation exhibition.

視覺藝術院副教授何兆基博士最近獲選參與「洛克菲勒協會貝拉喬駐村計劃」,在八月中旬至九月中旬於該協會位於意大利貝拉喬中心創作他的作品「聖光」。

何博士的作品「聖光」是一系列可配戴的雕塑,他利用「光環」的象徵,描繪人類身體的限制及思維的昇華。何博士多年前開始創作「聖光」系列,現時約有十件作品,主要與東方文化中「光環」的面貌有關。

何博士表示,是次留駐意大利貝拉喬中心,將以西方(歐洲)文化繼續探討、延伸這個主題。「聖光」(或「光環」)是一個存在於東方和西方的普及形象和思想,在印度和中國的佛教傳統,以及歐洲天主和基督教都非常普遍。何博士期望就歐洲文化研究這個主題,與其他藝術家和學者交流,再深化這個意念,從而獲得啟發。

另一方面,視覺藝術院校友許開嬌小姐憑著她的本科畢業作品「手繪紙巾」,於8月28至30日舉行的「2015新藝潮——國際藝術學院新進博覽」會上獲頒發2015新藝潮國際藝術家獎銀獎。328位來自世界各地的參賽者、共2,000多份參賽作品當中,100位獲選入圍,而入圍者中共13位是浸大視覺藝術院學生或畢業生。

許小姐認為,紙巾是極平凡的生活用品,擁有即用即棄的特質,與生活接近。從作品可見,紙巾與古玩青花瓷圖案交錯結合,利用傳統中國繪畫技術流露出藝術特質,藉此重新定義紙巾的價值,表達兩者之間的含糊地帶。她希望透過作品,質疑社會對藝術的既有認知,把日常生活中看起來具有實際用途的物品轉化為純藝術,令生活中平凡用品的本質改變。

許小姐現時就讀北京中央美術學院,作品「手繪紙巾」是她2014年於浸大視覺藝術院本科畢業展的作品。