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Lio Sze Mei_Chandeliar, 2023, Charcoal and ink on canvas, 100x100cm .jpg

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Lio Sze Mei is a Hong Kong artist who graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2016. Lio’s practice is anchored in exploration of dreams, fairytales and childhood. Taking inspiration from popular children literature such as J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, Lio’s works tap into the mindset of children in a visual dissection of the language of dreams. 

Lio Sze Mei, Chandelier, 2023, Charcoal and ink on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

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Working with canvas and metal plates, Lio creates hauntingly beautiful dreamt up landscapes. Emulating the hazy effects of dream recollection, Lio scratches the surface of brass and copper plates to create a glistening effect, then processes it with ink and oil to create contrast and depth. Her intricate technique is juxtaposed by simple, often isolated subject matters such as a single child, a lost animal, a vintage chandelier. 

Lio has recently exhibited in Ink Asia (2019), LO Gallery JCCAC (2019), AM Space (2018), and 1a Space (2017).  

May Lio_The Lost Ducksss (Detail), 2023, Ink on brass plate, 10x10cm.jpg

Lio Sze Mei, The Lost Ducksss, 2023, Ink on copper plate, 10 x 10 cm

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