Hi! Time Travel & Lapse / Hi! Plants
Artist: Wong Wo-bik
Artwork Location: Green House (Hi! Plants) and Rain Shelter at Mammal Enclosure (Hi! Time Travel & Lapse)
"The Gardens has its distinctive features at different times of the year, just as its mornings, afternoons and evenings that attract different types of visitors. For me, the best time to visit is in the morning when I can enjoy the breeze and tranquility, punctuated occasionally by calls of birds and animals, sounds of plants tapping one another, or peals of children's laughter. It reminds me the space where I am in, is real. It is also an oasis which stands independently in the hustle and bustle of the city."
As a child, artist Wong Wo-bik and her family with friends and relatives outside Hong Kong were frequent visitors of the Gardens. To her, the Gardens is filled with childhood memories. Although details are rather hazy now, Wong still recalls the feelings she had about those bygone days. Years have flown by and Wong is back in the Gardens again. Together with several photographs from the past, she hopes to document the plants and the Fountain, a popular meeting place, in the Gardens, letting her to revisit and rethink the old days. Wong's two sets of artworks, the wide-screen immersive videography displayed at the Rain Shelter and image plus plant installation displayed at the Green House are not simply a description of things, but more importantly, a new observation and narration of her personal experience of the Gardens. The people and events at different times from the past to the present are still worth ruminating.
Wong received her BFA degree in Sculpture and Printmaking from the Columbus College of Art and Design, and MFA degree in Photography from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in the United States. She has a long and active career as a photographic and media artist who explores the aesthetic of the cityscape through the application of still and moving images. Wong is one of the founding members of the Hong Kong Photographic Culture Association. She was also the fellowship recipient of Asian Cultural Council and Institute of International Education in 1993 and 1995. She was awarded the "Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Arts and Culture" from the Secretary of Home Affairs, Hong Kong in 2010 and the "Hong Kong Women Excellence in the Six Arts (Visual Arts)" from Hong Kong Federation of Women in 2013. Latest solo exhibitions include Cities of Exchange: Liverpool/ Hong Kong during the LOOK/17 International Photography Festival held at Open Eye Gallery, United Kingdom in 2017 and A Sense of Place - A Touch of Xiangshan at One Station, Taiwan in 2019.