de Sarthe Artist Turns Gallery Into Excavation Site
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The art gallery is transformed into an excavation site as de Sarthe residence artist Wing Po So (b. 1985, Hong Kong) engages human senses through textures and smells.
So constructs her works with Chinese medicinal ingredients such as plants, roots, seeds, and minerals, in addition to found objects. Experimenting with human senses, her art fundamentally reconstructs time, space, and scale to contemplate philosophies about matter and being.
Born into a family with generations of Chinese medicine practitioners, So has been acquainted with the forms and smells of Chinese herbs since childhood. With an interest in plant reproduction, energy flow, structural assemblages and celestial science, she contemplates the microcosm and physicality of substance by incorporating the pharmacological herbs which have always surrounded her into large-scale installation and sculpture. Wing Po So’s artistic practice weaves Chinese medical and philosophical thinking into celestial wonders that reconstruct the correlation of matter and being.
A Master’s graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012, So’s most recent solo exhibition was Six-part Practice at Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2018). Her work has also been widely exhibited in group shows, including: Ghost Walk, Hong Kong Fringe Club, Hong Kong (2015), Sound of Image: Exploring the Links between Audio Description and Visual Art, Hong Kong Cattle Depot Artist Village, Hong Kong (2013)