Old men in the park who carries bird cages on his shoulder, aunts in the street markets selling fruits and vegetables, and girls in the subway gawking at the scenery. These scenes are tedious and ordinary for us. In local painter and illustrator, Vivian Ho’s drawings, they have been subtly formed to be one and another fantasy Hong Kong movie.
Most of Ho’s works showcase the everyday life of Hong Kong. She places ordinary passerby at the center, using ordinary streets as the background, and combining surreal elements to instantly cast a romantic and entrapped atmosphere. Although the pictures are intriguing, the unexpected harmony makes people inevitably relates them to the scenes that would appear in fantasy movies. In addition to the strong local elements in the paintings, many titles of her works are based on the lyrics of Cantonese songs in order to complete the entire artistic conception. For example, one of the drawings was named “You are a thousand piles of snow and I am the street. It is afraid that when the sun arrives, we will collapse as one” is the lyrics from Faye Wong’s “The Postman”.
On the other hand, the traces of fish can be seen in almost everywhere in her works. Occasionally, we can see that goldfishes probe their heads out of a man’s paper cup, and for a while there is a big fish swimming behind the industrious decorators. Therefore, it is not difficult to find that Ho is particularly fond of having fish in her drawings and illustrations. She described it as a creature that has no expression but is full of vitality.
The reality full of absurd and fakes, people can’t help but wonder whether Hong Kong is an illusory place. Facing absurd people and things, people are becoming more numb day after day. The irrelevant scenes from Ho’s works are apparently scientifically unreasonable, but if you really see a grouper crawling between this concrete forest, you may not be able to react immediately too.
她曾舉辦名為「Wish you were here.」的個人展覽，又有名為《Wish you were here》的畫作，似乎對這句話情有獨鍾。她提到：「（其意思是）無論變成點，都很想你在這裡，一齊看ridiculous的風景。」
She once held a solo exhibition titled “Wish you were here.” , and have another painting titled “Wish you were here”. It seems that she have a soft spot for this sentence. She mentioned that it means: no matter what happens, I really want you to be here and then we can view the ridiculous scenery together.
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