About the Artist
Blending Chinese and Jewish cultures01
Traditional Chinese family.
CAROL MAN was born and grew up in a traditional Chinese family in colonial Hong Kong, celebrating many Chinese customs – from fire crackers on Chinese New Year to spring’s Ching Ming Festival. She received her primary to tertiary education in this environment, where the attitude of “say less and do more” became deeply instilled in her.
Conversion to Judaism.
With the turn of the millennium, MAN converted to Judaism – a non-missionary religion, unfamiliar to the local community. Since then, MAN has encountered endless challenges adjusting to Jewish practices in the westernized Chinese world. All the while, she has been inspired by not only the many similarities but also the many differences of the two cultures. Her artworks aspire to remove boundaries between these two long-enduring and traditional cultures.
Innovative Hebrew calligraphy.
MAN is a graduate of Master of Visual Arts (2015) at Hong Kong Baptist University. She has created works based on the Torah (Hebrew Bible) in her new Hebrew calligraphy, installation works with Chinese and Jewish objects, and has written a booklet on the comparison of the two cultures. The artist’s works are collected by art lovers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Israel, Austria, Australia, Denmark and the United States.
MAN believes that “reconnect” is the key word of art nowadays. The Chinese Yi Ching observes that “all return to the same place through traveling different roads”. In her art, MAN does not attempt to find new “roads”, but rather, to tie up the various loose ends upon arrival at “the same place”.
Since language and its graphic representation are the essence of these two cultures, MAN’s first artistic endeavor has been to write Hebrew in Chinese calligraphy style. This creates a new way to experience reading Hebrew, while removing the alienated feeling of the Chinese character for the non-Chinese reader. This first use of art to remove boundaries between these different cultures has been rich, exciting, rewarding and very personal.read more