Who am I|HER POWER Global Female Contemporary Art Online Exhibition 2021  · Chapter Seven

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Preface
HER POWER Curator Cissy Cheung

"Her Power" Online Exhibition as "Life.Blossom" Exhibition - "Her Power" companion volume, began on International Women's Day 2021.

As the event originated in Kwangju Art Biennial in 2018, along with a motion by the President's Conference of the International Federation of Women's Arts, the event was then confirmed to be held in Hong Kong in 2021, during the International Women's Arts Federation Exhibition in Moscow in 2019.

Over the past few decades, women's art and female artists have risen, increasingly in academia, in the marketplace, making their voices heard and blooming- but not enough, yet her creativity clearly isn't silent, if not more powerful than men. Therefore, we want to build a platform for women around the world to shine; for professionalism, academic business, social responsibility and influential women's arts.

During the preparatory period, the world experienced an unprecedented "pulmonary disease". Our planning thus fell into a state of stagnancy; our plans cannot land, but our pace is still, out thinking non-stop.

In such a special historical period, long and difficult days have not been in time. Human accidents trigger our deep reflections on life: how can women cultivate strength in the limited length of life and increase the thickness and breadth of life? This was also a significant thought considered in the launching of the exhibition.

In the process of collection, we see the rich and tenacious "Her Power" conveyed by women's art. They bloom life and positive meaning in different countries and regions. They all have these things in common: they read for their own life, think for society, create portraits for the times, and hope to leave a mark on history.

The early stage of the event has been actively participated and supported by international female artists and art institutions, especially by many experts and scholars, as well as our guest curators, Dr. Han Qi, Dr. Rochelle Yang, Dr. Huang Mei, to which a series of guidance work was given. As well as thanks to Tao Weibai, Jia Fangzhou, Tong Yujie and other art and academic consultants for their strong support and guidance to the exhibition.

We believe when a person maintains an unfailing passion and enthusiasm for art, then she has given her life the meaning and value of youth. The energy yielded by the heart that burns for art is "her power" unmatched by anything else. 

IWAF was formed in 2018 in Gwangju, Korea, where we held our first committee meeting and made plans for the future. 


IWAF has representatives in twenty-three countries and approximately 120 individual artists. Countries representative in IWAF are; Australia, China, China – Hong Kong, China – Macau, Finland, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea (Daegu and Gwangju), Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Norway, Singapore, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA and Vietnam. 


IWAF grew out of INWAC – the International Women Artists Council, which was successfully active for over two decades, from the early 1990s until the sad and untimely passing of INWAC's President and founder, Dr. Yuen Chee Ling, in 2015.


Maria Esmont, IWAF Russia – Representative, proposed an IWAF International Women Artists Exhibition, to be held in Moscow in 2018. This exhibition was moved to May 2019 and was given the theme “Motherhood....hope of the future”. On behalf of all members of IWAF, we thank Maria Esmont and her team for organizing the Moscow exhibition, art conference, international children's exhibition, and wonderful tour of Moscow and her surrounding regional country towns, art galleries, and historic churches and other buildings. About 98 international artists, their friends and family enjoyed exploring Russia in the glorious Spring weather.


In Moscow, Dr. Cissy Cheung – Representative IWAF Hong Kong, proposed for the next IWAF International Women Artist Exhibition to be held in Hong Kong in 2021.At that time no one could have foreseen the unfolding events that the COVID19 pandemic would unleash on the world. So many people have lost their lives, this has been a truly devastating time for all of humanity.
Dr. Cissy Cheung proposed the option for an 'online exhibition', as, at the time of writing, international travel is still not recommended. The worldwide vaccine champagne has only just begun. Dr. Cissy Cheung and her team have worked tirelessly to create this IWAF online exhibition, with the over-arching theme of 'Her Power' and the sub-theme 'Life Blossom'.


Though we have all been devastated by the COVID19 pandemic, as humans we strive to find and hang onto hope - we all hope that life will blossom again after COVID19. These thoughts were with us all, as we worked on our artworks, in isolation in our studios, contemplating the pandemic and its effects on our family, friends, and all of humanity. It is impossible not to link this exhibition to our collective experiences with the pandemic. It has been like a heavy blanket, that has covered and touch us all.
I thank every artist for staying positive during these difficult years and making an original artwork to share.
On behalf of all members of IWAF, we warmly thank Dr. Cissy Cheung for making IWAF – Hong Kong “Life Blossom” online exhibition a successful reality. I thank all people who have supported Dr. Cissy Cheung and her team at her art gallery, The Art of Nature, and IWAF – Hong Kong. Thank you to all sponsors who have assisted this exhibition.

Foreword​
Honorary Secretary and
Representative of Austrailia of IWAF
Sandra Angliss

2021 · HER POWER

The prologue of the "Life.Blossom” Exhibition - "Her Power" Online Exhibition, was jointly initiated by HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society, Art Life Foundation, and female artists and art institutions.

 

The first stage will bring the recommendations from our academic consultants, invited curators and  International Women Artists Federation as pilot. Up to now, we have received works from around 120 artists from more than 30 regions (including oil paintings, ink paintings, installations, sculptures, photography, digital images, etc.).

 

The call for works is still open to public. The online exhibition will also be published by region, theme, category, subject, or material.

 

The content of the online exhibition will be presented on Art of Nature’s official website and the platform of "Her Art", Facebook,  and overseas online platforms.

HER POWER

Art of Nature Intrenational Female Art Online Exhibition

 Orgainisors :

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society, Art Life Foundation

2021 · HER POWER· SEVEN

“Me, Myself and I” , “My Treasure”, “Resonate With Bees, Vases, Leaves”, “Bloom Resolutely”, “Go Enjoy Your Life”

Section 1 ME, MYSELF AND I

 

NG KIM HEOH《Who Am I》《Soul of a Woman》

TRI MINH THU《Blooming Beauty》

JOAN KELLY 《Watching Korean Soaps with a Cat》 《The Purple Queen》

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NG KIM HEOH

Obtained Bachelor of Art (Hons) in Fine Arts in 1999 and Master of Science (Information Technology) in 2002 from University Sains Malaysia.

From 2008 to now, Ng has joined several international exhibitions in Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan, including “Di Mana (Where are) YOUng (Malaysia, 2017), Myanmar-International Women Artist’s Exhibition (Myanmar, 2020), etc.

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Who Am I, 106 x 106 cm, Mixed media, 2018

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Soul of a Woman, 28 x 39 cm, Acrylic on linen(framed with perspex), 2018

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TRI MINH THU

IWAF artist representative from Vietnam.

 

From 2011 to 2020, participated in many exhibitions in Vietnam, France, American, Thailand, such as International Vietnam - Korea Art Exchange Exhibition “Spring Time” in 2020, International Women Artists Federation - Moscow Russia in 2019 and America-Korea-Vietnam International Exhibition in 2017.

Awarded Presentation from Ho Chi Minh City Fine Art Association from 2014 to 2017.

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Blooming Beauty, 48 x 61 cm, Acrylic, 2020

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JOAN KELLY

IWAF artist representative from Ireland.

 

Visual and social artist. Teaching at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore as a senior lecturer since 2005. She has conducted social art workshops in neighbourhoods of Kolkata, Shenzhen, Fez Morocco and Singapore, empowering people through creativity, while the experience inspires her own artwork.

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Watching Korean Soaps with a Cat, 102 x 77 cm, Oil on linen, 2020

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“The Purple Queen, 122 x 30 cm, Oil on linen, 2020

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Section 2 MY TREASURE

CAO THI DUOC《Huyen Tran Princess》

JADE BEH《My Treasure2》《My Treasure1》

UNG MOOI LENG 《 ​Fishing Village》《​Beautiful Scenery》

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CAO THI DUOC

IWAF artist representative from Vietnam. Held and participated numerous of solo and group exhibitions in Vietnam, USA, Russia, China, Malaysia and Singapore. Awarded Award B of “ Recent Artwork 2015 " from Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts.

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Huyen Tran Princess, 100 x 100 cm, Oil on canvas, 2020

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JADE BEH

Fashion Designer by profession and a self-taught artist. Engage in her artistic pursuit since 1990. Paint in oil, acrylic and mixed media. Exhibit her artworks locally and abroad including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea and Myanmar. Coordinator of The Thailand-Malaysia Women Artists Art Exhibition from 2007 to 2019.

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My Treasure 2, 90 x 90 cm, Mixed Media, 2019

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My Treasure 1, 90 x 90 cm, Mixed Media, 2019

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UNG MOOI LENG

IWAF artist representative from Malaysia.

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 ​Fishing Village , 90 x 90 cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2020

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​Beautiful Scenery , 90 x 90 cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2020

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Section 3 RESONATE WITH THE LAND

SUZANNE HALE 《Ancestral Dreams》《Vase Of Possibilities》

PANNI LOH 《In Our Naturalness》 《Life's Prayer》

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SUZANNE HALE

UK artist based in Sheffield, England. Inspired from the natural world, looking at color, texture and pattern.

During the past few years, she has been trying out new art techniques and developing a sense of color, tonal values and design. Amongst all the chaos and strangeness of this unusual year, she has been able to further develop her artistic practice and feel that her art has ‘Blossomed’. She has committed herself to a regular weekly practice of going into my art studio plus working on smaller creative pieces at home.

As a part-time artist, it is so ironic that juggling a busy week has been made easier by being in full and partial lockdown during the coronavirus epidemic.

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Ancestral Dreams, 12 x 12 inch, Mixed media on canvas, 2019

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Vase Of Possibilities, 12 x 12 inch, Mixed media on board, 2020

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Suzanne's interpretation of the theme uses hand-painted and found collage papers, modeling paste reliefs, printing and stenciling techniques with acrylic paints and inks. She feels the aged look calls on my ancestors, life experiences and love of using textured surfaces to create with.

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PANNI LOH

UK Artist.

Exhibited internationally in over 10 countries. Obtained an art practiced based PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2010. Her acrylic and oil paintings are born out of a passion for the human relationship with spirit, mystery and the natural world.

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In Our Naturalness, 50 x 40 cm, Acrylic on canvas

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Life’s Prayer, 50 x 40 cm, Acrylic on canvas

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Section 4 BLOOM RESOLUTELY

TEOH SIEW CHOO《Love and Devotion2》《Love and Devotion1》

CHIOU LING CHYI 《Lotus Pond Fun》 《Beautiful Twilight 》

NGUYEN THI ANH DAO《Flower of the Moon》

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TEOH SIEW CHOO

Graduated from Malaysia Kuala Lumpur College of Art. Began her art career since 1993 as a nature artist and involved in Children Art Education until now. She paints in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. 

Her works have participated in exhibitions internationally and locally including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Russia and Italy. Was a coordinator of The Thailand-Malaysia Women Artists Annual Art Exhibition from 2007-2019 to foster good friendship and culture among the two countries.

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Love and Devotion 2, 120 x 105cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2019

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Love and Devotion 1, 120 x 105cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2019

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CHIOU LING CHYI

IWAF artist representative from Malaysia.

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Lotus Pond Fun, 70 x 68cm, Chinese ink painting, 2019

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Beautiful Twilight , 70 x 52cm, Chinese ink painting, 2019

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NGUYEN THI ANH DAO

IWAF artist representative from Vietnam. Currently member of Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association and Vietnam Arts Association.

Awarded Award B of “ Recent artwork 2015 “ by Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association. Joined women art exhibitions in Vietnam, France, India, Thailand, Mongolia, North Korea and Singapore.

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Flower of the Moon, 100 x 130cm, Oil on canvas, 2020

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Section 5 GO ENJOY YOUR LIFE

 LIV C FJELLSOL 《All That Jazz》

ONG AH KOY《Kuta Lombok》

 

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LIV C FJELLSOL

Visual artist. Currently member of Association of Norwegian Visual Artists, The Norwegian Association of Researchers, Mensa, The National Association of Directors, International Women Artists Federation.

Fjellsol observes people and society with multidisciplinary interest and uses art to express her views on contemporary society. Her work is executed in a study-like manner with careful preparations, the artwork itself being only the final exam or conclusion. She is continuously looking for the next subject to study through the medium of her art.

The artist’s first book project (Art says, 2015) was an important spark for the current - Art Cares - project and future artistic research. Fjellsol studies theories related to art and focus on different aspects of working with art in context.

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All That Jazz, 70 x 80 cm, Oil on canvas

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ONG AH KOY

Graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Fine Arts. Member of The Penang Teachers’ Art Circle.

Participated in the international exhibitions in Malaysia and Myanmar, such as Women’s Day Art Exhibition (Penang, 2019), The Myanmar International Women Artists’ Exhibition (Yangon Myanmar, 2020). Awarded Merit Award by SP Setia Art Fair.

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Kuta Lombok, 52 x 156cm, Acrylic, 2019

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I love traveling and I like to paint what I saw along my journey. In Lombok, Indonesia we visited a few beaches. When we reached a higher land at Kuta beach, we are almost 300 degrees surrounded by sea. The blue sea stretch as far as the eye can see.  We have a day of nature appreciation.

HER POWER Online Exhibition 2021

This exhibition not only visually displays the unique and delicate creations of women, but also hopes to bring out the possibility of women’s perception and feminine aesthetics in contemporary art, beside the men-dominated mainstream, and promote their representability in the art world. This exhibition would serve as a forum for dialogue of the reflections on social culture and the examination of personal issues from women’s point of view, mainly delivered by their works of all forms.

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society

HK Art of Nature International Female Art Research Society was founded in 2011 as a Hong Kong registered non-profit organisation; with the objective of uniting female art enthusiasts across Hong Kong, China, and overseas. It welcomes any and all females in art-related fields, as well as those interested in promoting contemporary female artwork. The Society aims to sponsor female artists and help them achieve their full potential. It has established the “Infinite Love” Series Triennial on 2015 and “Her.Power” Series Online Exhibition on 2020.

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