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Published on March 22, 2021

Angela Su

Xylaria polymorpha, 2020 Ink on drafting film Unframed: 28 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. Courtesy of Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong and the artist.

“The pseudo-scientific images I created oscillate between the real and the fantastical. They combine the precision of scientific sketches with a mythical aesthetics, challenging the audience’s visual sensation of the pleasure of pain, and one’s fascination with the grotesque. Precision in this case is not to convey an authentic representation of the image, rather, it is used to provide a safe space where horror and beauty meet, where taboo can be displayed openly in the name of science,” Angela Su, 2021.

Angela Su received a degree in biochemistry in Canada before pursuing visual arts. Su’s works investigate the perception and imagery of the body, through metamorphosis, hybridity and transformation. Her pseudo-scientific drawings often combine the precision of scientific sketches with a mythical aesthetics, challenging the audience’s visual sensation of the pleasure of pain. She published an artist novel Berty, and in 2017, a science fiction anthology Dark Fluid where she uses sci-fi as a method for social critique. Su currently lives and works in Hong Kong.

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