THE EMBRYO COLLECTION BY NORM YIP
03-17 MARCH 2017
The Embryo collection brings us back to the core of Norm’s artistic journey as these works represent the first medium he began to work in: pencil and paper. With this revered series of graphite works, Norm draws on his training as an architect. Working with geometric and universal forms, we begin to see his artist language develop, taking inspiration from nature, creativity, society and spirituality.
Children still play in Kwai Chung
Abandoned places can be frightening places, but this one felt very much alive because of the new found graffiti that adorned the walls of the building, reminding me of a modern day carnival or amusement park. A child could play here freely. Entering the empty rooms though, I found a quiet beauty inside, mixed and layered with chaos, art, nature, the decaying walls and myself.
FROM SILENCE, THERE IS VIBRATION, BECOMING SOUND. THE HUM OF THE DARK MATTER. WHAT WAS ONCE NOTHING BECOMES KNOWN, AND POSSIBLY, IF WE ARE PATIENT, A PULSE. LIFE BEGINS… THE ACT OF CREATION IS WITHIN US, HIDDEN WITHIN THE FINGERTIPS AND IN OUR BREATH. IT DWELLS WITHIN US, LIKE A SEED THIRSTING FOR WATER, EARTH AND LIGHT, TO MOTHER IT INTO BEING. THERE EXISTS THE SOUL OF THE PAINTING, WHETHER IT BE ON CANVAS, A PIECE OF CARDBOARD, OR A COMPOSITION. I HAVE INVESTIGATED THE MEANS BY WHICH THE GODS HAVE ALLOWED ME, SPEAKING IN WAYS THAT ARE NOT OF THE EARTH, BUT OF THE UNIVERSE.
— Norm Yip, January 2017