Karin Weber Gallery – “Wish You Well” by Sharon Lee, Wai Kit Lam, and Linda Norris
November 13 - December 18
Karin Weber Gallery is delighted to present ‘Wish You Well’ exhibition harnessing the power of the simplest, often underestimated, medium postcard to capture the complexities of human emotions and connections.
Wish You Well by Sharon Lee is inspired by the old postcards of Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden which was called The Public Garden in the colonial period. It was previously the private garden of the British Governor of Hong Kong. A fountain in the centre of the park, constructed in 1864, has been redesigned and furnished many times. Sharon Lee observes a rainbow which frequently appears in this location, and invited visitors to make a wish upon the rainbow, which was captured on polaroids. She contemplates the terms ‘public’, ‘collective’ and what can be called ‘ours’.
Wai Kit Lam collaborated with Linda Norris to present their ‘Root & Branch’ project, encompassing works by over forty artists from all over the world and supported by Wales Arts International. This idea emerged in Covid-related lockdowns. A tree is seen as a symbol of resilience, networking and growth. Artists who use trees or wood in some way in their work were invited to contribute an A6 postcard artwork. In return, Lam and Norris each hand-made a series of original A6 postcards, one of which was sent to each participating artist.
Wai Kit Lam has produced postcards entitled Missing Ivy, all featuring a map of Tai Kok Tsui in Hong Kong. In each postcard, a different street has been cut out and removed. The missing street name then reappears on the back of its postcard, next to the cutout. The concept draws from the Tai Kok Tsui streets named after British trees in colonial times by British officials. The first one, next to the coast, was named Ivy Street, on which ivy trees used to grow. As time went by, that area was reclaimed and new streets were named Oak Street, Beech Street, Sycamore Street, Larch Street, Fir Street, Walnut Street, Ash Street. Yet no British trees have ever grown on these streets.
Linda Norris’s postcards are made from a combination of paint and cyanotype to create images inspired by leaves local to her home in Wales. She reconnects to the Hong Kong streets bearing the names of British trees in her work alongside some uniquely Welsh trees,
About the Artists:
Sharon Lee (b.1992, Hong Kong) obtained her BA in Fine Arts and MFA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was the winner of WMA Masters Award with the work The Crescent Void (2019) and awarded the New Light Exhibition Scheme by Lumenvisum (2017). Lee was also the recipient of the Cultural Exchange Arts Development Fund by the Art Development Council and the Talent Development Scholarship (culture, arts & design) by the HKSAR Government (2019/20). Lee participated in artist residencies in Germany and Taiwan in 2017 and 2018 respectively. Recent exhibitions include Hong Kong International Photo Festival Satellite Exhibition (2021), ‘Hi! Flora, Fauna’ by the Art Promotion Office at Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens (2021), WMA Annual Exhibition ‘Opportunity!’ at Hong Kong City Hall (2019), ‘Peer to Peer’: UK/HK Online Festival, Open Eye Gallery and Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art(CFCCA), UK and Hong Kong (2020). Her works are in the University of Salford Art Collection in the UK, WYNG Foundation in Hong Kong and several private collections.
Wai Kit Lam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths at University of London and obtained a MFA at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was awarded second prize in Third Visual Art Contest of the City of Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain (2017). Recent exhibitions include 32nd Process – Space Art Festival (2021), Rearrangement of Layers at Cultural and Information Center “The Mill”, Balchik, Bulgaria (2021), Accord/Discord at Lumenvisum, Hong Kong (2019), Video screening – works of Wai Kit Lam, Galerie Le Garage, Lorgues, France (2018). Her works are collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Setmanari Felanitx in Spain and private worldwide.
Linda Norris is based in Wales, UK, and works with glass and painting. She was the winner of the Warm Glass Prize (2012). Her works have been exhibited in the British Glass Biennale in 2015 and 2017. Norris was commissioned by Contemporary Art Society Wales to make a glass sculpture for Narberth Museum.
Other participating artists in Root & Branch project are:
Janice Affleck (Scotland), Patricio Álvarez Aragón (Chile/Germany), Inguna Audere (Latvia), Olga Blokh (Finland), Evy Cohen (France), Irma Collective (Latvia), Robert Davies (Wales), Madeleine Doré (Canada/France), Michele Dovey (Wales), Winnie Tak Kwan Fung (Hong Kong), Kim Dotty Hachmann (Germany), Kenneth Hay (UK/France), Nung-Hsin Hu (Taiwan/USA), Herbert W.H. Hundrich (Germany), Rachel Hiu Yin Ip (Hong Kong), Robert Jakes (Wales), Agnes Ku (Hong Kong), Wai Kit Lam (Hong Kong), Joe Lau (Hong Kong/Taiwan), Sian Lester (Wales), Susana López Fernández (Spain), Bim Mason (Wales), Helen Maurer (UK), John Merrill (Wales), Penka Mincheva (Bulgaria), May Ming Yu (Hong Kong), Ming Chong Tse (Hong Kong), Moorland Productions (France/UK), Kika Nicolela (Brazil/Belgium), Linda Norris (Wales), Danny O’Hara (UK), Rachel Phillips (Wales), Nia Pushkarova (Bulgaria), Francoise Rod (France/Switzerland), Michael Rogers (USA/Latvia), Ruth Sargeant (Wales), Erika Tan (Singapore/UK), Annette Townsend (Wales), Marcos Vidal Font (Spain), Ian Wieczorek (Ireland).