Ho Lai is a ceramic artist from Hong Kong. Her work explores the contemporary nature of ceramics; experimenting with the materials and processes involved in its creation. Having graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts Hong Kong Baptist University in 2016 with a BA in Visual Arts, she was awarded the AVA Keeper of Studies Collection Award.
I find poetics in the transformation of material through working in the approach both subversive and experimental. The interrogation of an idea, colour combinations and material experimentation are prominent in my practice.
I work from microscopic images, medical illustrations and cross-sectional diagrams, that describe how the human body is made from aggregates of cells, atoms and molecules.I translate these using aggregates of dry coloured clay in various sizes, along with the dissolving quality of clay, as a visual metaphor.
‘All go to the same place. All come from dust, and to dust all return.’
– (Ecclesiastes 3:20)
This body of work referencesthe Bible, where mankind is understood to be made from dust by God. I intend to capture the decaying state of the human body through the manifestation of labour - forming structures through the dissolving of clay. This methodology creates a paradox, which I refer to as forming the non-conforming.