A Stroke in Time: An Artist’s Memoir


As a teaching artist for almost three decades, Prof. Kong Ho recalls his art experience in the form of a memoir. This paper explores his retrospective study into his transcendental paintings and why he chose to write a personal memoir. This paper is divided into two parts. In the first part, Ho presents the reasons behind writing a narrative memoir derived from his art making story and nostalgic feelings. The second half of this paper discusses the influence of a Taoist-Buddhist perspective on his art as well as the tracing of his art awakening experiences. Ho's insights into his spiritual art and the meaning of writing a personal memoir are unique because he presents them as academic artistic research. The aim of this artistic research is meant to highlight the value and impact of a personal memoir on an individual is artistic endeavours. An artist’s memoir should be a true story written by a practicing artist. Like an artist’s statement which elaborates the intent or content of individual artist’s work. The memoir presents the inner thoughts and aims of the artist. The narrative aspect of memoir is drawn directly from the memory of individual. This paper will also examine how individuals constantly reconstruct their memories when writing a memoir.

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Kong Ho, University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei

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Conference: ACAH2017
Stream: Arts - Visual Arts Practices

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