Yip Hon Long

Class of 2015

Final Year Project(s)

Living / Leaving at NTU ADM Portfolio

Living / Leaving is a mixed media installation that incorporates the use of objects, video and text to convey the artist’s emotional experiences as a caregiver following the passing of his father. Drawing on his personal experiences, thoughts, emotions and memories, Yip explores the tension between the living and the leaving, and the absence and presence of his father that persist following his demise. Through his rumination on milk (a material that he engages frequently with while caring for his father), he draws attention to the complex and conflicting emotions encountered in human relationships, family ties and personal loss.

Selected Coursework(s)

Fibonacci’s Rabbits at NTU ADM Portfolio

Fibonacci’s Rabbits (2014)

Fibonacci rabbits come in pairs. Once a pair is two months old, it bears another pair and from then on bears one pair every month. The sequence generated by the rabbit’s reproduction is called the Fibonacci sequence.

The idea of the banner is to portray the natural world and reference the mathematics and systems within it. The use of colours, lines and polygonal shapes toke the viewers into the vortex of on organised yet chaotic design. I reference the golden section to further emphasise that the deeper we image, a profound order exists within nature.

The “Human” Condition at NTU ADM Portfolio

The “Human” Condition (2014)

Humans have often associated animals and insects to various human conditions. By drawing the connection, these animals and insects are given a certain human quality, almost like that of a an actual human being. Crows are known to be omens of death, They also symbolise filial piety as crows feed their old and weakened parents. Their hoarse cries are believed to be the mourn for the departed. Likewise, moths and butterflies are seen as personification of a person’s soul – whether living, dying, or already dead. The life span of moths and butterflies are metaphorically linked to the fragility of human life.

Inspired by the association of these animals and insects with the human being, my work seeks to illustrate the poetic beauty of this relationship. The female gender is bestowed upon these creatures to portray both the emotional and physical connection. It aims to capture the mysterious bond between these creatures with mankind, and questions whether they are more ‘human’ than human themselves.

若水|What the Water Gave Me at NTU ADM Portfolio

若水|What the Water Gave Me (2015)

天下莫柔弱于水, 而攻堅強者莫之能勝, 以其無以易之。弱之勝強, 柔之勝剛, 天下莫不知, 莫能行。

Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard.

–   老子 | lao tzu


Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

 –  bruce lee

Life is surrounded by endless pain and suffering. The suffering of birth, old age, sickness and death is unavoidable. Following the loss of my father, I find myself growing as a person. My father’s illness and death have changed me in ways that will profoundly touch every aspect of my life. However, unlike me, my mother took quite a while to walk out of the grief.  This has inspired me to draw a link to water and its flexibility – ability to adapt. Be it taking on any form or seeping through cracks, it has always been able to adjust to the object, finding its way round or through it. 若水 | What the Water Gave Me urges viewers to contemplate about life, encouraging them to come to terms with it. It serves as a form of emotion healing for those who have experienced the pain associated with these sufferings. Are you like water or the rigid glass that restrains it? Will you be like water, taking on a new form or simply be like the shattered glass, unable to mend? Will you be able to accept, adapt, and move on?

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