Unearth （挖土） comprises of two series of works, BARREN ROCKS (2021) and TRACING MOUTH OF THE STREAM (In progress). Both works are inspired by the imageries of the iconic panoramic mountain ranges of the Hong Kong Island. Through alteration and reinterpretation of found imageries, the works excavate narratives lying within the place and to contemplate how ideas and meanings are communicated between people, objects, and sites.
The works demonstrate the diverse processes including printing, drawing, casting, collecting, and altering. BARREN ROCKS (2021) would be presented as an archive, to be framed and displayed on a table with new paintings to be mounted on walls. TRACING MOUTH OF THE STREAM (In progress) would be presented in a cartographer’s work setting with drawings and sculptural models.
Through research and visual analysis, Chu represents and transforms the found imageries and materials to three-dimensional objects. Her representation is in multiple dimensions with a mix of media and found everyday objects. Her methods include drawings, paintings, collage, printing, altering, assembling, and casting. Her works intermingle imagination and facts represented in the form of documentation, excavate narratives and history lying within and between things.