Photo Shih-i Liu
Capitol Hill, 2017, oil on birch wood, Courtesy of the artist
Born in Hong Kong. Lives and works in Toronto (Ontario).
Trained as an architect, cultural analyst and scientist at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and McGill University, Lianne Ho is an artist with a burgeoning practice. Having first shown at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2002, Distorted Political Spheres marks the renaissance of her artistic career.
Lianne Ho’s practice currently deals with themes of simulation and reality. Specific topics pertaining to this binary include: (1) the fictions of the monetary system, such as the speculative, unreal aspects of credit, the stock market and global currency, and (2) the distorted political climate as a result of digital platforms like Twitter, Facebook. The internet and related digital technologies have played a major role in determining those who occupy seats of power.
This exploration began by posing the question, what does pictorial space look like today? The representation of space is highly inflected by the digital milieu, and our understanding of space through digital avenues is largely discordant from our understanding of space in the flesh. The result of this exploration is an archiving of the disjuncture and interplay between the propositions of the real and the digital, a reified metaphor for the condition of politics today.