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2022, The Gallery of Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong
Featuring works on paper, drawing, objects and sound installation, this exhibition investigates everyday life through the intertwining relationship of boredom and time.
Essentially, nothing happens in the state of boredom. Influenced by her workplace experience in retail business, Tracy explores how the weariness engulfs the everyday life. The fast-paced retail environment requires consistent agility to pursue the ever-changing ambitions. The futility of pursuing is no less significant than the fate of Sisyphus
Blending the material experiment, repetition, and archive approach, Tracy's works provide a direct depiction of her banal experience through the various structures of time.
Intrigued by the email format in the workplace, the artist builds her work Dear Tracy by a meticulous archival process of the emails that she received with the dedicated salutation in a year. The immersive installation in a monthly format reveals the weariness masqueraded in business etiquette. However, the sense of boredom is simultaneously monotonous and intimate in the continuum of everyday. The waning text and tactile traits on the material's surface invite viewers to closely examine Tracy's work-life trajectory. Boredom may sink into oblivion in the passage of time but it ever exists , while tension is gradually dissolved in the murmuring lullaby.
The title of the work But in this world, the texture of time happens to be sticky is quoted from the fictional collage of stories Einstein’s Dream. An Individual person does not get free from sticking in a time of pain or even joy. Made of
layers of translucent glue, this work accumulates the slow, repetitive acts which compose the nature of every day. To
experience the insignificance and countless waiting time, it is the artist s determination to imbue boredom in her everyday life.
The tiresome obligation to work hard every day in a week is inevitable. The is inevitable. The boredom at present is intense and vivid. Tension Impression is a body of seven black drawings which is next to a series of photo image research. The artist draws her impression of changing tension towards the work-life futility by different shades of black, the lustrous black and the matt black, the rough black and the matt black, the rough and tranquil black. Beneath the dark and opaque surfaces, Tracy draws attention to contemplate the sense of boredom that reassures, extends, and also withdraws self from the world.
In the course of time, tension varies and is clouded between confronting and adapting to the futility. By exploiting the sum of several bodies of work, the artist attempts to realize herself by the way she lives, the way she lives, or does not live at all, awake instead of shaking off the different intensity of emptiness to explore the existential question about the innate desire of reason.
Dear Tracy (Partial), 2020-2022
Dear Tracy (Partial), 2020-2022
Untitled, 2021, Archival pigment print on paper
Tension Impression, 2020-2022
Sound Installation, Happier Than Ever, 2021, 00:00:50 sec (loop)
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