Layers of Tradition
Maria Lobo (Hong Kong)
Tseung Kwan O Station – Concourse Level
Form of Artwork:
5 set of murals printed on decals 2.2m(l) x 1.5m(h) each
Artwork Completion Date:
I work predominantly with acrylic on canvas. I have also been working recently on wood. In this case, the original artwork is acrylic and paper collage on board. The original has been reproduced in film for this art in station project, so that it can be applied to the walls of the MTR station. The work is “East Meets West” in both imagery and techniques. This is a reflection of my own background and heritage, as well as the East/West environment in which I live. The transparency and layers of paint, some metallic, relate to the layers of time, current and historical. The viewer can see traces of what came before in the painting process and the passage of time. The use of gold and silver/metallic paints serves to create additional visual layers and patterns. Its use is inspired by the beautiful use of gold leaf in Chinese decorative arts for centuries.
Collage using the Chinese Almanac:
The Almanac is past and future. It is timeless. It was published originally in 2200BC and has been published annually for over 1200 years. The Cantonese call it “Tong Sing” or “Know everything” book. It is a book of wisdom. In this work I have used the section about the different types of calligraphy. It is both used decoratively and as a reference to the passage of time.