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Contemporary Art at Robinson

Artists in Residence

From July 2023, two artists from Hong Kong, Tobe Kan and Ling Pui Sze, will be in residence at Robinson College. The residencies have been generously funded by Artecal.

Tobe Kan

Photo credit: Tobe Kan


Artist's statement: Tobe Kan currently lives and works in Hong Kong and obtained her Bachelor (Fine Art) degree co-presented by RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School in 2017. She enjoys walking around the city and observing the various types of vegetation that coexist with humans in daily life. Her current practice explores themes of liminality and impermanence. The work intends to reveal the uncanny and mysterious feelings of hovering between asleep and awake, dream and reality. She experiments with painting, drawing and installation. Tobe has been exhibiting her works in Hong Kong and the USA.

Why aren't you leaving? 2  
Tobe Kan, 2023, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, 160 x 200cm  
Photo credit: Gallery EXIT

Ling Pui Sze

Photo credit: Bosco Law


Artist's statement: Ling Pui Sze graduated in Fine Arts (BFA) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012, receiving the Wucius Wong Creative Ink Painting Award at graduation. Her solo exhibitions included It all begins in the sea (2014) and Life is meant to be messy (2022). Joint exhibitions included Humor in Ink (2021) and Women + Ink | China + Hong Kong (2019). Her works were featured in Art Basel – Hong Kong, Art Central, Fine Art Asia and Ink Asia. Her works are collected by M+ Museum for Visual Culture, the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford and private collectors.

Ling Pui Sze has created a number of experimental ink and collage series in which she collects images of nature taken by various instruments, such as microscopes and satellites. She tore and reassembled the pieces into abstract creatures and landscapes which creates transfigured images that are both familiar and distant. This documents Ling’s interpretation of reality. The works’ texture is created by collaging different types of paper and the digital images’ colours and sizes are constantly adjusted through computer and inkjet printer, Ling creates with an iterative process. The works manifest incidental organic forms, resembling the evolution of life and a reconstruction of another world on the canvas. Together with other media such as sculpture, video and installation, Ling also explores the relationship between biological traits and the development of human society.

Route 5  
Ling Pui Sze, 2019, mixed media on canvas, 140 x 540cm (7 panels)  
Photo credit: eddiecyclam@imageartstudio


Watch this space for information on further upcoming contemporary art events in 2023/24, including the inaugural Robinson Art Festival...