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

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Preface(Chinese only)
HER POWER Curator Cissy Cheung

「她力量」線上展作為《生命·綻放——第三屆“大愛無疆”全球女性當代藝術展》的姐妹篇,已在2021年國際婦女節拉開了序幕。

 

本活動起源於2018年韓國光州雙年展期間,國際女性藝術聯盟會長會議提出的2021香港展的動議,並在2019年莫斯科的國際女性藝術聯盟大展期間,確定了2021年在香港舉辦國際女性藝術大展的活動。

 

在過去的幾十年里,女性藝術與女性藝術家們在崛起,她們逐漸在學術界,市場,發出聲音,綻放力量——但還遠遠不夠,女性分明擁有更大的,不亞於男性的創造力。因此,我們希望建立一個能夠讓全世界女性綻放光彩的,專業的,學術商業及有社會責任、有影響的女性藝術平臺。

 

籌備期間,世界發生了史無前例的“肺疫”令我們的籌劃陷入了躊躇不前的狀態,我們的計劃無法落地了,但我們的步伐依然、我們的思考不停。 

 

這樣特殊的歷史時期裡,漫長艱辛日子未有時。人間的意外觸發我們對於生命的深層的反思:在有限的生命長度中,女性該如何綻放出力量,以增加生命的厚度和廣度?這也是發起本次展覽活動的重要的思考。

 

而徵集過程中,我們看到了女性藝術傳遞出的豐富且堅韌的千百種「她」力量,她們在不同的國家地區綻放出積極的人生意義;為自己的生命禮讀,為社會思考,為時代畫像,更希望為歷史留下印記。

 

本次活動的前期得到了國際女性藝術家及藝術機構的踴躍參與和支援,特別是得到許多專家學者的支持,還有我們的特邀策展人韓褀老師、楊宜萱博士、黃梅博士,在這期間給了一系列的指導工作;以及感謝陶詠白老師、賈方舟老師、佟玉潔老師等藝術及學術顧問們對本次展覽大力支持和指導。

 

我们始终相信,當一個人對藝術保持永不間斷的熱情和激情,那麼她就賦予了自己生命的青春意義和價值。為藝術而燃燒的心所產生的能量,是任何其他都不可比擬的「她力量」。

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.

Prologue​
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》

01.

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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02.

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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Section 2 MY TREASURE

CAO THI DUOC《Huyen Tran Princess》

JADE BEH《My Treasure2》《My Treasure1》

03.

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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04.

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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Section 3 RESONATE WITH BEES,

VASES, LEAVES

Suzanne Hale 《Ancestral Dreams》《Vase Of Possibilities》

Marci Aylward《To Bee or Not To Bee》

05.

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.

06.

MARCI AYLWARD

Graduated from Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Arts in 1988, guided by Stanley Lewis, Michael Walling and Wilbur Niewald. Gained Master of Arts from Parsons School of Design in 1990, guided by Paul Resika, Leland Bell and John Heliker. From 1997 to 2018, she was an associate professor of Arts at Avila University and is currently the curator of Thornhill Gallery.

Actively curated and participated in many exhibitions in the USA, Germany, Russia, North Korea, Mongolia, Vietnam and Taiwan. Her works have been collected by plenty of private art institutes like the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and private collectors.

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To Bee or Not To Bee, 10 x 22 cm, Oil painting

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Section 4 BLOOM RESOLUTELY

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

NGUYEN THI ANH DAO《Flower of the Moon》

TEO LAY HUA《White Orchid》《Perseverance》

07.

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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08.

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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09.

TEO LAY HUA

NAFA Graduate in Western Art Research in 1970 and MOE Qualified Art Teacher since 1989. Studied Advanced Course In Ceramic Art in Ang Mo Kio CC in 2015, and awarded MOE Long Service Award.

Currently member of Singapore Teachers‘ Art Society, The Society Of Chinese Artists, International Women Artist Association. Listed In Singapore Artist Directory. Participated in exhibitions held by the above organizations locally and overseas since1970. Selected to be the Panel Judge SAGE COUNCILLING CENTRE Element In Unison Arts Exhibition By Seniors.

Medium of works includes watercolor, brush/ ink, oil and clay. Themes cover still life, plants, flowers, scenery and portrait in oil with detailed expression and composition. Works reflect harmony, compassion and nature appreciation well received by Singaporean, USA, Taiwanese and Japanese art collectors.

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White Orchid, 61 x 61cm, Oil on canvas, 2017

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Preservance, 76.5 x 76.5 cm, Oil on canvas, 2017

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Section 5 GO ENJOY YOUR LIFE

 LIV C FJELLSOL 《All That Jazz》

ONG AH KOY《Kuta Lombok》

10.

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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«All that jazz» is an oil painting on a triangular canvas that resembles a danger sign. The heart-shaped tuning key is a detail from a double bass and the guitar body is from a classic jazz guitar.

 

Details from instruments used by visiting artists - Ellen Andrea Wang (bass) and Jacob Young (guitar) - in different concerts on the stage of the art gallery Galleri Fjellsol in Norway.

Life is hard work, there's always all that jazz and sometimes life blossom. Enjoy!

11.

Kathy Fahey

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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