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Based in London, Wing Sum Sammi Mak was born and raised in Hong Kong. Mak graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University's Academy of Visual Arts and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts.
Mak's practice explores how the creation and perception of painting shapes our interpretation and experience of reality. In her works, Mak delves into the realm of poetry by replacing linguistics with visual forms of communication, inventing a system of painted lexicology that communicates recalled memory.
Sammi Mak, The snow falls without hesitation, 2021, Oil, charcoal, pastels on canvas, 90 x 100 cm
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In her exploration of human memory through nonlinear time-space, Mak's works emphasises the radical beauty of nature and employs elemental cues that draw viewers into her painted oasis, simulating states of ecstasy and euphoria through references of poetry and mythology.
Mak's interpretive approach to painting naturally manifests in loose and gestural forms that rely less on compositional refinement, and more on chance and relational familiarity of paint. Her compositions are fluid and unapologetically romantic, created through a clever juxtaposition of negative space and fragmented markmaking. It is within this technical framework that Mak simulate abstract emotions associated with romance, memory and nostalgia.
Sammi Mak, Violet, 2021, Oil on canvas, 41 x 30 cm
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