Cultivating an aesthetic characterized by quietness and stillness, Ivy Ma's work becomes,
ultimately, a philosophical reflection on nature and history.

Her process is both careful and caring, infused with humility and sympathy even as she examines
difficult history- the aftermath of the atomic explosion in Hiroshima, the bits of clothing still found
in Cambodia's "Killing Fields," the empty barracks of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

Looking, collecting, drawing and thinking, Ivy works her way through history to find what we might
call "the human thread" running through everything. The objects she collects, the images she
selects, and the occasional photographs and videos she produces all strike a similar chord, one
that is at once uncanny, disturbing and beautiful.

Through her early in sculpture and installation she developed a sensibility towards scale, texture
and light that now informs her two dimensional work. Starting in 2010 she began focusing on
images- both stills taken from specific films and photographs found in history museums - for an
ongoing series of what she calls 'drawing-interventions' where she actively erases and draws
into and over the existing image. The images themselves fixate on small details and transient
moments: discarded objects, empty spaces, fragments of a landscape and blurred, indistinct
patterns which, collectively, form a parallel, purposefully "minor" history- a history of things
forgotten which, in truth, inform and direct our lives as much as any grand narrative.


Ivy Ma, King Chu (b. 1973. Hong Kong)
Visual Artist

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2001–2002          MA, Feminist Theory and Practice in Visual Art, University of Leeds, UK
1999–2001          BA, Fine Arts (Painting), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) / The Art School, Hong Kong Arts Centre

2012      Hong Kong Contemporary Art Award, Young Artists Award, Hong Kong Museum of Art
2007                     Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council
2001–2002          Hong Kong Arts Development Council – FCO Chevening University of Leeds Scholarship

2008–2009  Location One, New York City, USA
2008  The Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
2007  The Åland Archipelago Guest Artist Residence, Kökar, Åland
2006  HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Program), Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
2005  HKAIR (International Artists’ Workshop), HK
2005  Britto International Artists’ Workshop, Nikera Kori Center, Nungola, Bora, Bangladesh

2018  As Time Folds, Art and Culture Outreach, Hong Kong
2015  Last Year, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong
2014  Someone, Goethe-Gallery and Black Box Studio, Hong Kong
2012  Numbers Standing Still, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong
2011  Still Lifes and Waves, Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme V, Hong Kong Film Archive and Commercial Press Book Shop, Hong Kong
2011  Gazes, Gallery Exit, Hong Kong
2010  Hardly Entered, Already Gone, YY9 Gallery, Hong Kong
2009  Deer Running, Gifu Municipal Culture Center, Gifu, Japan
2007  Perhaps Solitude, Loft 21, Fotanian Studio Open 2007, Hong Kong
2001  Nothing At All, The Art School Learning Centre Gallery, Hong Kong

2018  By The Windows,  1a Space, Hong Kong
2018    Social Transformation,  Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
2018    Collections of Tom, Debbie and Harry,  JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong
2018    The Crossing,,  Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2018    What Has Been, Will Be Lost Until We Find It,  Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong
2017    Ink Asia Art Fair 2017, The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2017    Deep Silence – Hong Kong Art School Alumni Network Exhibition 2017,  Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
2017   (An)other-Half: Being a Wife/Mother and the Practices of the Self, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong
2017   Art Travellers Exhibition Series I : Decoding Exotic Lands, Art Promotion Office, Hong Kong
2016   Islands’ Narrative: Literature X Visual Art, 1a space, Hong Kong
2016   as the leaves fall,Grey and Green Ping Pong Collaboration Art Project , 1a space, Hong Kong
2016    Art Basel HK 2016, The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2015   Ceramics Show by Non-ceramics Artists, 1a space, Hong Kong
2013    Art Basel HK 2013, The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2013   Painting On and On: Intertextuality,Lingnan University, Hong Kong
2013   Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of Art
2012   Running on the Sidelines Hong Kong New Media Art Exhibition, Soka Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2011   Rediscover Photography, China Pingyao International Photography Festival 2011, China
2010   Exhibiting Experiments. Experimenting Exhibitions, Wrong Place, JCCAC, Hong Kong
2010  City Flâneur: Social Documentary Photography, Hong Kong Heritage Museum
2010  In Details, agnèsb.’s LIBRAIRE GALERIE, Hong Kong
2009  Imaging Hong Kong, Hong Kong Central Library / Edge Gallery
2008  Women’s Work, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong
2008  Art Container Project, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
2007  October Contemporary 2007, Cattle Depot Artist Village, Hong Kong
2007  A Separate Domain, Hui Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2006  Between the Observer and the Observed, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Lianzhou, China
2006  Second Skin, 3 Boxes, Hong Kong
2006  Media Art Show, Vasl International Artists’ Collective, Pakistan
2006   Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of Art
2006  Stained, the eclipsed pattern, Uma-g Gallery, Hong Kong
2005  Curiosities, Para/Site, Hong Kong
2004  Dream Garden, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong
2003  Meat, 1a space, Cattle Depot Artists Village, Hong Kong
2002  Articulation, University of Leeds, UK
2001  Wo-Man, Female Artists Installation, Old Ladies House, Macau
2001  Girls’ Thing, Fringe Club, Hong Kong

2012  Ivy Ma: This Room is not Still, Gallery EXIT, MCCM Creations

2018 By The Windows,  1a Space, Hong Kong
2010      In Details, agnèsb.’s LIBRAIRE GALERIE, Hong Kong
2005      If Hong Kong, A Woman /Traveller(Exhibition and Exchange program with Leeds University, UK),1a space, Cattle Depot Artists Village, Hong Kong