BIO

Zoe primarily works with ink, watercolor and charcoal on paper. She investigates existential questions, and social justice issues. Recently, she has been exploring the connections between governmental suppression and parenting traditions in Hong Kong. In particular issues about silencing and the learned habits of being silent.

Zoe was born and raised in Hong Kong and currently resides in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She is a BFA graduate from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with an Outstanding Undergraduate Award In Drawing.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

The Buns Series looks at parenting and educational traditions in Hong Kong that value obedience, memorization and drilling rather than independence and analytical thinking. This “force-feeding” is made evident in the drawings with the buns in the children's mouths, and through the many layers of calligraphy of common Hong Kong idioms such as “The more you work, the more you earn” and “Making money is all-important”. The repetition evokes nagging parental scolding and the act of copying text, a common punishment in classrooms. The layered and unreadable words also blur into smoky scenes, recalling the tear gas that the Chinese government used to forcibly suppress the protestors of the recent Umbrella Movement, a student-led initiative protesting government injustice in Hong Kong.   

 

ZOE LIU