Maybe They Will Die For Us Tomorrow
Ho Sin Tung
The extension of one life always relies on the consumption of another.
Hung at the entrance of the exhibition titled Maybe They Will Die For Us Tomorrow is a bag containing short little pencils with only one centimeter left. These pencils have used their life to extend the creative life of Ho Sin Tung, an artist.
The artist Ho Sin Tung loves to use wooden color pencils and pencils for her drawings. Despite her love for reading and words, there are instances when words fail. Therefore, she has forgone words and used drawings instead to write her books. Maybe They Will Die For Us Tomorrow exhibits seven three-dimensional books that Ho created based on seven deceased persons in the fictional world which stay in her mind. She has even reconstructed their stories, which represent an attempt to connect her inner heart to the fictional world. What is fictitious seems almost real.
Jean Tarrou in The Plague by Albert Camus; Eddie Wilkerson in Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand; Velutha in The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy; Michael Furey in The Dead by James Joyce; Malachi Constant in The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut; Shinobu Sensui in Yuyu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi; Goro Hanawa in The Changling by Kenzaburo Oe. Life abounds with a wide variety of relationships between human beings, as well as those between humans and objects. These relationships are not necessarily satisfactory and sweet. Among them there are failings, absurdities, sufferings or even bodies in pieces, from which, however, living things gain nutrients in order to live on. From these seven characters who die in the fictional world, one can see the revelation of the real world.
At the Maybe They Will Die For Us Tomorrow exhibition, Ho Sin Tung created seven three-dimensional tunnel books for these seven dead characters so as to dig deep, layer by layer, into their stories. Every three-dimensional installation seems to have turned two-dimensional characters in the books into concrete creations, and thus, their stories have become real at the same time. Furthermore, she has even created seven sculptures of various shapes for the seven characters. As they stand there, they resemble monuments, from which visitors can read seven stories about death. By reading fictitious stories, one can nourish their real life.
Ho Sin Tung once said, “I love honest books. The author need not necessarily have impeccable moral conduct nor be held in high regard. Rather, what moves me the most are those who are candid in their storytelling, and who can lay bare, in flesh and blood, what they want to say.”