© 2019 chloe wing sam chow. UAL 

Collection: Paper Cages

'Engagement Ring' , 2019, hand cut paper

'Paper Cage', 2014, part of the Ingram Collection

'Paper Balcony', 2017

Installations /artworks

Paper Cage, 2014
A Cage, a prison, a safe haven, a house, a room, a mindset, a word, a trauma, an emotion, a memory...

Made for the MFA Degree Show, UAL Wimbledon College of Art. Paper Cage was seen at this show by Art Collector Chris Ingram and bought straight from the show...

It is part of a collection called 'Beautiful Cages', which is about isolation, fear, anxiety, struggle and safety within the familiar confines...
Engagement Ring
This piece is a symbolic piece about the pressures of aesthetics and the status that can be attached to certain things that are a result of historical decisions.
Paper Light, 2015
A suspended Chandelier installation (smaller mock up)...
Scrolls are suspended in a ghostly and eerie piece...
Part of the Beautiful Cages collection, this piece is about the antiquity of words and aesthetics and how they permeate into the mind, therefore life...
Paper Roof, 2016
Paper and wood installation, 2016

Another suspended installation that can also be on the ground too.

This roof and tent-ice shape contains historical images that are dominating and familiar. Do we realise why they are around and where they came from?...
Paper Frames, 2018
Memory Is My DisEase, 2013
A screen curtain, my first cut out in Rag Paper.

This was the first ever piece I cut out using cotton paper. The paper is soft yet strong so that it is easier for me to cut into it...

This piece is about the past within the memory, it is more figurative and I learned a lot from making this... especially the fact that it is more about what you don't cut out that is important in style and also hidden elements...
We Are Stardust, 2019
A window screen about unity and division, exhibited at Loudest Whispers LGBTQ show, St Pancras Hospital.
Big Heart, 2015
exhibited at St Pancras Hospital as part of the Art of Caring show
Hooked Paper, 2017
15 diamond shaped cut outs containing many hidden words and status symbols... all hung with ribbon onto brass Victorian coat and hat wall hooks...
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                                                       Beautiful Cages 

My Paper Cages....

My cut out installations are made for an audience, who are essentially important to the meaning of the artworks.

I hand cut all my work as this allows me to have a close relationship with it. This Expressionistic approach makes it personal and produces a narrative... a narrative that requires movement.

 

The works are immersive and atmospheric, decorative yet emotional. I would like the viewer to wonder... why things are the way they are... And by stripping away the physical and material appearances, and instead using words I seek to highlight the internal realm as opposed to the superficial. I look at how we can relate on a humane and human level, to shift the focus to feelings and thought rather than surface judgments. I take away specific identities and circumstances, so that what is left is words and interactions, often cruel and tortured, so that the viewer experiences these words themselves out of context. It is really about how we can all be alienated and isolated and feel hurt if such things were said to us, or if we felt these thoughts within us. What happens when you see the word 'weird', 'wrong' 'should' or 'freak'? How do you feel?

 

Themes of status symbols, humanity, community, psychology, isolation, fear and man-made ideas feature in my art as a trail of clues. What is it that we think exactly and where does it come from? Are our views and feelings towards ourselves and others fixed? Are they taught and illusory?... Can they be unlearned? I am concerned with the history of identity within established status' and hierarchies embedded into mainstream society.

 

I convey the struggle of being an individual in a world of 'the other'. This relationship between the individual and society can conflict and insists that we must define oneself. This complex situation is both protective and harmful and it facinates me how this is inevitably part of the need to belong and be. The inside (individual's 'space') and outside (social space) are separate yet try to relate somehow with difficulty.

 

I look at the universal experience of words, emotions and interactions, as well as people who feel they lack normalisation and autonomy. 

 

The mind is controlled in so many invisible ways, by existing within an environment and with others... and the only way to connect and converse is to empathise and apply emotion. The only way to eradicate these social labels and standards is to relate on a deeper level with everyone.

                ... in the studio

My latest installation Paper Windows is an adaptable piece from a curatorial stand point. These 4 window pieces can be arranged as an enclosure in a tight or open square shape. Or suspended higher up with two as a ground floor level and two as first floor level...

With cut outs such as 'Pretty Girl', 'Good Girl', 'Old Curtains' and 'Memory is my Disease', this piece comments on not only the pressures that women have today, but also how it is deeply engrained into the fabric of our society and deeply disturbs our thoughts of ourselves... How we do not realise the full implications of aesthetics and beauty... and how they are an inevitable part of being a woman today. 

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