Tea Pots, Bowls, Cups and Some Spoons

In this series on Art in the MTR Stations, we present installations in the Tsuen Wan line. The definition of what is art or artistic may change from one person to the next. One general definition postulates that “art is the conscious creation of something beautiful or meaningful using skill and imagination.”

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Tea Pots, Bowls, Cups and Some Spoons is the perfect name for Mariko Jesse’s installation in Cheung Sha Wan station. In it, she finds beauty in the ordinary. This is done by hyper-realistic paintings of gigantic ceramic tiles transferred onto VE panels. Each panel/tile is an imperfect puzzle piece of the ordinary contents in a kitchen cupboard. The tile colours, patterns and textures do not match, but from a distance, the shapes do. The illusion of the giant tiles is made possible by photo-realistic paintings of tiles including frayed edges, the appearance of age, and flaws. Most striking is the illusion of a curved tile surface on each flat VE panel. The hyper-realism of the tiles is in direct contrast to the simple porcelain art depicting the common kitchen objects. The familiar blue fish pattern, the brown and yellow wallpaper, and the pears painted on the side of a bowl are comfortable souvenirs of old Hong Kong. This artwork is clever but not pretentious, brilliantly executed but not obviously so, and succeeds in finding beauty in ordinary objects. On many levels simply taking a closer look at it provides an education in art appreciation.