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Printmakers’ Assembly 2020: Percy So

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About the Artist

Percy is a paper and book artist, living and working in Hong Kong. In 2010, to rediscover her passion, So took her first fine binding class with Monique Lallier at the American Academy of Bookbinding. She fell in love with the craftsmanship of bookbinding on the first day, and has since been passionately using her hands to create beautiful books and intricate paper cuttings.

Percy’s works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Macao, USA, Canada, UK and the Netherlands. Percy creates one-of-a-kind books and paper cuttings, and currently teaches and works at her studio in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.


Artist Statement

Covid 19 is broken down into 6 panels and coded in binary. Each alphabet is represented by 7 symbols while the number ‘19’ is represented by 5 symbols, where each symbol is either a 0 or 1. 1 is the presence of colour, and 0 is the absence of it. In these unprecedented times, we are more uncertain about what reality is, with the proliferation of fake news and increasing sense of distrust in the community. How can one determine what is real, and what is not? I turn to the language of abstraction in this work, as I view reality as abstraction. By using white on white, the slight difference in variation is shown through a range of textures and tones.

The prints are either unique or editioned:
1: The prints on suede are unique.
2: The prints on tyger paper is an edition of 9, with 2 AP.

Coronavirus became Covid-19. Originally a virus that the world presumed was only relevant to China, it spread across continents and has affected the world in an unprecedented way. In this global pandemic that has brought panic and a fear of the unknown, I have, as an artist, created a work that seeks to bring calmness to the viewer.

All artwork images courtesy of the Artist. Profile image courtesy of Tony.L.

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