I bet you must have experienced bad dreams where you see monsters and quirky creatures speaking obscure languages that no one could understand. Although once you wake up, you realize that the dream is gone but the reverberant sounds from those creepy animals would still linger inside your mind even though you start to know they don’t really exist as you grow up.
Cara To, a 3D artist born in Belgium by her Hong Kong born parents, has created a series of art pieces that respond this same kind of fears. Her solo exhibition of “Drowning in Dreams” is held at the Above Second Gallery in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong from Aug 9 – 31.
First, let’s take a look at the objects and creatures in her pieces. They’re mainly quirky animals or ultra-gaunt women with excessive long and curly hairs, like those “devils in your dreams”.
Second, we may also appreciate the materials and means Cara To used to make the pieces, including woods, neon-strings and holograms.
1. Wooden frames with neon-strings
Cara To’s inspiration for these pieces is that growing up in Belgium made her getting out of touch from her Chinese heritage, which her parents had been trying to remind her of. Hence the monsters in her dreams are reminiscent of the fears that her being not fit in the Chinese culture in her family.
In her pieces, she used old woods that have been abandoned, then made them in frames that resemble old Chinese vintage doors that have been colored by the time and history.
Inside the wooden frames, she added another layer of neon strings, nailed to the wood in a geometric pattern to depict sensitive objects like bloods, tears and heart.
2. Holograms with transparent sheets
Cara To also used a dot to dot technique on plastic sheets placed in wooden frames, with light bulbs hanging beside the frames. Once the lights are off, the dotted patterns on the plastic sheets will come to life.
Cara To’s Drowning in Dreams Exhibition is a journey through the eyes of a Belgium-born girl with Chinese heritage, who was feared of confronting her past, but found the courage to face it finally.
Drowning in Dreams Exhibition by Cara To
Date: Aug 9 – 31, 2013
Venue: Above Second Gallery
31 Eastern St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong