Chan Suk On - Ink dips on petals

Chan Suk On

Chan Suk On graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Photographic Design. She gained her Masters of Arts in Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. On is an editor, photographer and artist. Her inspiration comes from the social issues. She likes to create images,videos,installations and writing. Her  journey is going from  documentary  photography to conceptual art.

Chan Suk On
Project Statement

Ink dips on petals

My hands are stained with ink whenever I read the newspaper. The ink would seep into my fingerprints, like traces of culture. Reading the news is a way to understand the world.  I read the newspaper everyday during the period of March 2017, during which the headlines were all about the chief executive election of Hong Kong. John Tsang, Carrie Lam, Woo Kwok-hing were highlighted daily in headlines. Politics is inseparable from our lives.The role of the media, the relationships between politicians and the media, how the image of one candidate is shaped… One must rely on their own wisdom to pass judgement.

I chose some articles to cut out into pieces of “petals” and rearranged them into flowers to record parts of Hong Kong’s history as an art form. My photography work “Ink dips on petals” is an attempt to break the usual reading habit of people and urge them to treasure-hunt through the “petals”.  Fragmented articles and images are reconstructed to encourage people to think more about the news. The blooming flowers also represent the hope a new chief executive may brings to Hong Kong. But is such “hope” presented through public opinion and media real? Is there a discrepancy between the election platforms and policy implementation?