The Memory Library 回憶圖書館

 

Exhibition, watercolour on paper installation, JPS Art Gallery, 2021, Hong Kong

Exhibition Statement

The Memory Library, resembling a library archive, provides an intimate memory lane for viewers to retrieve pieces of memories, from the wall-hanging urban sketches by artist Elaine Chiu. 

 

To Elaine, urban sketching serves as an integral part of her practice to gather audio, visual,  lighting impressions and interact with the community. Elaine likes to observe urban activities for an hour or two by sketching, building up her understanding of spatial relations, characteristics, and temperament of a particular district. 


Local residents often stop by to watch and thereby participate in her sketching process. Each sketch thus represents a collective input for The Memory Library.

 

《回憶圖書館》模擬藏館格局,讓觀者走進私人的回憶空間,從懸掛的城市寫生作品中,收藏回憶片段。

 

對於趙綺婷來說,城市寫生是她創作中重要的一環。透過街頭繪畫、與街坊互動,讓她取得圖像、聲音、光影等記憶,深化了她對該社區空間、個性和氣質的理解。

 

街坊通常會在畫家寫生過程之中,一同談天、逗留— 每一張寫生都是《回憶圖書館》中群策群力的回憶印證。