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Ho Lai

MA work

MA work

To the Same Place

‘All go to the same place. All come from dust, and to dust all return,’ (Ecclesiastes 3:20).

This ties in with the reference from the Bible, where mankind is understood to be made from the dust by God. I intend to capture the decaying state of the human body through the manifestation of labour – forming structures when the clay is dissolved. This making process has created a paradox, which I refer to as, 'forming the non-conforming'.



  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Ceramics & Glass, 2019

  • I find poetics in the transformation of material, through working in an approach that is both subversive and experimental. The interrogation of an idea, colour combinations, and material experimentation, are prominent in my practice.

    I work from microscopic images, medical illustrations and cross-section diagrams, which describe the structure and the formation of the human body; which is composed of aggregates of cells, atoms and molecules. I translate these using aggregates of dried colour clay in various sizes, along with dried clay’s dissolving quality to form as a visual metaphor.

  • Degrees

  • BA Visual Arts, Academy of Visual Arts HKBU, Hong Kong, 2016
  • Experience

  • Curatorial intern, learning and interpretation Team, M Plus Museum Limited, Hong Kong, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Material Statement, Dyson Gallery Royal College of Art, London, 2019; Miscellany, Home of Preston Fitzgerald, London, 2019; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2019; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; HKFOREWORD 16, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong, 2016
  • Awards

  • AVA Keeper of Studies Collection Award, Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU, Hong Kong, 2016; Selected works, Open Category, Competition of Tea Ware By Hong Kong Potters, Flagstaff House of Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong, 2016