Annysa Ng

I think we can all agree that what makes art interesting and its artists intriguing, is the process each artist employs to create their work, and the final execution of the artwork itself. 

Most of the time the flow from process to final execution is consistent and you can see how one thought process leads to the final piece exhibited in front of you. For instance, if the artistic process is free association, more than often you’d see that same spirit permeating throughout in the form of free brush strokes, or splatters of color against a grid with rigid lines.

Or just think nutty Stella making nutty work... Get it?

But in the case of Annysa Ng, it is not so much the consistency I found intriguing, but the dichotomy of meticulous execution meets free association that makes her work even more compelling.

When I first came across Ms. Ng’s Empress V and Hollow of black and white paintings on linen canvass, it was hard not to react to its visual boldness crafted out of fastidious planning. The black contrasted with lines of white, almost unapologetically bespoken of her mixed European and Asian heritage. The constraint of traditional Qing dynasty garment re-defined by Elizabethan ruffled collars. 

Empress V, 2011. Pen on paper, acrylic on linen. 60 x 40 inches.
The work to me is precisely designed, tightly controlled, and beautifully executed without any inkling of anything out of place. In fact the white paint you see is so well balanced that it is entirely devoid of any color highs and lows, making it flat, flat, and super flat!

Hollow, 2013. Ink and acrylic on canvas. 64 x 60 inches.

Locket, 2013. Ink and acrylic on canvas. 72 x 54 inches
In other words, this series is highly structured and deliberate, and when you closely examine any of the pieces in this series, you can tell that every movement of the subject is planned beforehand, every demure gesture is also intended with absolutely nothing left to accidental revelations. 

The same thing can also be said of her "Wings" installation. By using found objects of a book and feather wings, Ms. Ng creates a literal portal of some sort to transport the viewers to wherever the story belongs. This particular installation is done to represent her relationship with books. In her own words, " I sometimes feel that a book can fly away." 

With a statement like that, I couldn't help but to see the connection between Ms. Ng and her work, which strikes me as both personal and emotional just like a true relationship. It's personal in the sense that a book reveals a time and space greater than yourself to be drawn to, and quite emotional as you don't always understand or like what you find. Therefore, like a pair of wings attached to the pages of the book, it's a conscious and highly private decision to allow its story to take flight with you, lifting you away from the familiar into something new. 

“I love art, and art find me.”

Yes my friends, underneath all that precision and detail you see in any of Ms. Ng's works, her process is as unrestricted as the above statement. It's not so much about planning what will happen, but creating a comfortable space to allow art to find her. As she explained it, it's more about surrendering to an idea or a feeling and letting it simmer a bit in her subconscious until it is ready to re-emerge. When it comes, she simply reacts to it and lets it take her. 

Ms. Ng always knew she liked art, liked drawing and painting but becoming a professional artist was a dream more than a plan.  iIn fact, in her own words, “she liked Physics” and it was not until she started working in Hong Kong after college, that she began studying watercolor at night.

As she put it: " Sometimes, I don't know why I do what I do so after a work is done, I'd sit there and study it until I understand why I did what I did, and what does it mean." 

Current Show Sneak Peek

Milky Way, Weaving Sisters.
《詩‧小雅‧大東》.....  跂彼織女,終日七襄

"Now and Then : Contemporary Ink vs Antiquities" 新水墨 : 古董也當代

Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery @ Fringe Club, Hong Kong

Opening reception: October 2nd, 6 - 8 pm

Venue: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong

To view her artworks click on the website below


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