Hong Yane Wang & Hua Wang
A block of ice is broken up and transformed into vessels of pleasure, hedonism or meditation as well as becoming the main ingredient of social and cultural practices that people use in a futile attempt to connect with one another.
Hong is a Chinese video artist and filmmaker based in London. Having worked with the conventional formats in film and TV for years, she finds herself attracted to alternative ways of screen-based storytelling. She creates socially concerned video art from a cross-cultural perspective drawing from her own experience living and working in China and the UK. For instance, her video installation Seating Code transforms a gallery into a film set, and uses humour to examine a superstitious rule imposed on female workers in the Chinese film industry.
Hong holds two MA degrees - MA Film Studies from Beijing Normal University and MA Filmmaking from Goldsmiths, University of London. She currently works at the award-winning film VFX company, Framestore.
Hua Wang’s experimental practice can be seen as a ceramics testing ground as well as a conceptual laboratory that investigates on diverse personal, social and political themes. Part of a generation of Chinese artists who grew up during a period of rapid urbanisation, she said “Gender, hierarchy, there is often more to this matter than meets the eye. I try to pay attention when unjustified incidents happen.” Using a range of different types of clay and methods of making on philosophical ideas such as the increasing materialism and obsolescence of our society. Hua employs drawing, painting, sculpture and video to echo conditions where family stories and social events are inextricably interwoven into an autobiographical structure.
2012 BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UK 2018 MA Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art, UK