I have been a fan of vellum since my early days as a designer. That sort of semi-matte quality really appealed to me and I found myself running it through the copier on a regular basis. Any comp looked better with a little vellum overlay.
So, it’s not surprising that Hong Kong mixed media artist Tang Kwok Hin’s collages are right up my alley. These are created on layers of glass instead of vellum but, for me there is something reminiscent of that vellum effect.
Many of the collages pictured above are part of a series titled Containers as Evidence of Presence, 2010-now. This is what Tang has to say on the subject:
Every object cannot be self-existent in the form of flow and permanency. Books are stored on shelves; wine is put into glass bottles; water need to rely on coast to constitute river; even though air is such invisible element, we have the Earth as the storage. All these are the things possessing ability like protection and providing positions for the protected ones to exist. Positions are: something has to open for discovery, such as gift boxes and chests of treasure; something is concealed from our sight that we can percept through our experiences, such as roots in vases of flower and furniture in houses.
Tang Kwok Hin is attracted to the interdependence between containers and the things loaded. He uses photos that he takes as well as images from related searches on the internet. The photos are adhered to different levels of glass, resulting in a somewhat surreal effect.