mySERENA asks the question: "We are all here to experience human life, but how?" She searches for ideals. The sense of simple yet mystical complexity is her perspective of contemporary life in relationship to the energy of the universe, placing importance on psychological serenity and humanity

Life Element 2003 - Acrylic on canvas 91.5 x 61.5 cm

mySERENA, Serena Ho May Yin, who is an exceptional artist and writer, lives in Hong Kong S.A.R. and is on her first international tour of exhibitions. She is known as a mutli-talented artist as she is well-learned in many knowledge subjects including music, sport, maths, and science; besides art and literature. She merges the essence of knowledge and experience into her work with a higher focus on humanity. Before her graduation from Stanford University, her art fashion shop (2009) opened in Hong Kong. She subsequently debuted her solo in Hong Kong City Hall (2018) and was said to be the youngest female painter to have done so. She has had a round tour of exhibitions since then in other cities around China, Asia, Europe and the U.S., while she also published three books on ‘Serenity’ with Moon Publishers (2019-2021).

mySERENA asks the question: "We are all here to experience human life, but how?"

Her critically acclaimed series ‘Life Element’ that features a mystical form of signature light halo – explores the ‘Qi’ that can connect people as well as everything else in this universe. Minimal yet otherworldly, an audience enjoying this series seems to enter the spiritual realm at close range. Each light halo yet has its own texture and colour as it was created with her original way of combining classical painting and metalsmithing methods. Then her installation-like painting, ‘Alchemy’ is just as ground-breaking. Her unique approach of using fire along with paint is different from what we would usually see in a piece of painting. It resembles the energy in nature that cannot fully be controlled by any human being is indeed thought-provoking. 

Life Element 2005 - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm
Alchemy Renewal - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm
Alchemy Breakthrough - Acrylic on canvas 95 x 130 cm
Life Element 2006 - Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cm

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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