The centre of Ling Pui Sze’s works is to break down images and reconstruct the fragments back to a whole image by a technique she refers to as “free-style puzzle”. She selects images that resemble certain patterns, including microscopic images and satellite images, and prints them onto xuan paper. She hand-tears them into thousands of pieces of “puzzles” that later compose to a brand-new collage, where certain organisms or surreal landscapes are associated at first sight. In her recent “Route” series created during an artist residency in Iceland, Ling decides to make copies of her previous collages and shatter them again into a new set of “puzzles”, transforming them into trees, mountains and seashore on the other side of the world. Throughout the process, a selected image is used repeatedly by the artist as a small unit, similar to a cell reproducing itself, leading to new forms and meanings to take shape. Such deconstructing and recomposing obey the organic routine of continuously splitting and combining in the evolution of nature.
Ling Pui Sze (b. 1989, Guangzhou) migrated to Hong Kong in 1997. She graduated in Fine Arts (BFA) from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012, receiving the Wucius Wong Creative Ink Painting Award at graduation. Her solo exhibitions include Metamorphosis (Ch’ien Mu Library, New Asia College, CUHK, Hong Kong, 2012) and It all begins in the Sea (Gallery Exit, Hong Kong, 2014). Her joint exhibitions include Under • Line (Rotterdam Edition) (Wolfart Projectspace, the Netherlands, 2019) and Under • Line (Sydney Edition) (107 Projects, Australia, 2020). She has participated in artist residency programs in Taiwan in 2015 and Iceland in 2018.