“Through Boredom Into Fascination” takes inspiration from American photographer, Diane Arbus, who would never choose a subject for what it means to her or what she thinks about it. She believes these things begin to unfold if we just plain choose a subject and do it enough. This echoes Pak Sui Chi’s ceramic learning experience in which understanding of porcelain as a material, or “subject” in Arbus’s term, can only be achieved through repetitive work that seems boring. To her, it is also way to understand and perceive life itself.
The exhibition challenges the age-old assumptions related to the creation of art. It sparks a confrontation between the long-held belief that art is an intellectual activity, driven by conscious thought and deliberate action, and the contrasting perspective that art blossoms out of monotony, like a meditative practice, where the constant drum of repetition slowly peels back layers of understanding. It calls into question the very nature of art-making, opening up new dimensions of understanding and perception.
Through Boredom Into Fascination — Exhibition at The Gallery of Hong Kong Art School
Exhibition Period: 1 Dec 2023 – 20 Jan 2024
Time: 11am – 8pm (Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays) | 11am – 6pm (22 Dec 2023)
Venue: The Gallery of Hong Kong Art School (10/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
Artist: PAK Sui Chi (BAFA graduate, Ceramics major)
Artist Biography – PAK Sui Chi
Pak Sui Chi received her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) degree from Hong Kong Art School and RMIT University, Australia in 2022. Specialising in porcelain, she meticulously crafts pieces that challenge traditional perceptions and push the boundaries of art. Simultaneously carrying the roles of an artist and registered nurse, she depicts unique perspectives in her works. This slasher lifestyle fuels her creative energy, adding depth to her artistic expressions. Her art draws an unseen parallel between the fragility of porcelain and human resilience, a theme informed by her dual role in the arts and healthcare.