BREAK­ING OUT

AHong Kong ex­hi­bi­tion shows there’s more to Chi­ang Yomei than a fa­mous family name, Lin Qi re­ports.

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Jas­mine Yan, di­rec­tor of Sotheby’s Hong Kong gallery, says Chi­ang Yomei’s works are rooted in Bud­dhism, and she ap­plies con­tem­po­rary tech­niques with tra­di­tional Chi­nese ma­te­ri­als and crafts that are be­ing for­got­ten or lost.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion is cu­rated around all th­ese el­e­ments, fo­cus­ing on works that are vis­ually bold with un­usual tex­tures yet bring a cer­tain calm­ness and con­tem­pla­tion,” says Yan.

Although liv­ing in Bri­tain for decades, Chi­ang Yomei says she con­sid­ers her­self more of Chi­nese sen­si­bil­i­ties than Euro­pean.

The use of mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives in her out­put comes from North­ern Song (960-1127) paint­ings and the use of line in her paint­ings is quite an Asian process of tak­ing el­e­ments out, as well as an un­con­scious yingyang bal­ance.

She be­lieves her aes­thetic and vis­ual sense and work­ing process ex­hibit Bud­dhist and Taoist ways of think­ing.

“I use a lot of rep­e­ti­tion in my work, a med­i­ta­tive process, also a bit like the process of chant­ing,” she says. “Un­der­ly­ing most of my work is the idea of im­per­ma­nence that form is empti­ness and empti­ness is form.”

A poet her­self, Chi­ang Yomei’s works show a po­etic rhythm. She says her vis­ual work and po­etry are like “rivers flow­ing from the same source”.

“All of my works, what­ever the medi­ums are, share a lot of im­agery, which come from dreams, mem­o­ries, imag­i­na­tion or from a col­lec­tive sub­con­scious.”

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

The in­stal­la­tion Cross­ing is the cen­ter­piece of Chi­ang Yomei’s show in Hong Kong. Shoes have a sym­bolic mean­ing in Chi­ang’s works.

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