By narrating in a prose-like style, Michelle LEE Ho-wing provides another dimension to the notion of Library in her artistic research, “Made to be filled in”. LEE sees her practice as an allusion to the circulation of library books during the Imperial Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong. Whereas the books were consistently put into certain order, consequently those dynamic statuses created a temporality both textual and physical space. Her research is initially inspired by the looted books in warfare and she further extends her interest to the site of libraries. She excavates her personal imagination from the descriptive world in Chan Kwan Po Diaries, which was written by CHAN as the librarian of Fung Ping Shan Library, and then steps into the textual space to explore the notion of voids in different objects.
These voids are made to be filled in. The space left by the check-out books on the bookshelf, the unmentioned events in the archives, the inaccessible basement, those voids in the library exist in the form of ruptures, which allure inquisitive beings and trap them. Rather than futile waiting, LEE reveals another path through reinterpretation of text, reaches the artificially manicured garden and engages herself in the architectural voids. LEE goes on a quest to look for entrance of the ruptures in the wandering journey.
Michelle LEE Ho-wing obtained Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is currently pursuing Master of Fine Arts degree in CUHK. Having an affiliation with Archive of the People, she conceives a framework through creative practices and social research. Her practice encompasses the relationship between text and image through a variety of media.
LEE extracts significant lines from the vast sea of writings with keen perception, and further represents and rephrases the text in a specific context, which resonates with the original literature and social circumstances. Her work is characterized by her interest in triangular relationship between author, reader and text. Her current research is related to the linkage among archive and library and the circulation of the looted library books. She has previously been awarded Judges Prize in “Impression-Eileen Chang-Inaugural Painting Award” (2010) and “Ramon Woon Creative Prize” (2006). She was selected as finalist of WMA Commission in 2018.