It is my great pleasure to write an introduction Florence Lo’s first solo exhibition: Walking Absurd 遊走荒謬. She tells me that the past few years has been an adventure for her.
I remember when I met Florence for the first time. She gave me a card featuring her illustration: a little girl holding a paint brush climbing to the top of tree. I was captivated by the fairytale style on the card but had no idea about the story behind it. As I grew more acquainted with Florence over time, I gradually realized that both her art and her life have many intriguing stories behind them.
Florence has a humble past. While growing up, she encountered many difficulties with her school, family, and career. Many events conspired in her life to ultimately suspend her career for over a decade; she was finally able to start over three years ago. She felt lonely and helpless when she finally resumed her career, and initially she saw few gains for many pains. Moreover, Florence often had to be agent, curator, and artist, which presented a big challenge to her. However, Florence's persistence and devotion are not just obstinance, as others might think, but a process for self-fulfillment. As in Florence’s artwork “Glimmer微光”, after the dust is wiped off comes brilliance. I see a spirit in her that time has tempered. It leads her to choose her own way, explore her true self, and discover the essence in the darkness of life.
Fortunately, once Florence decided to apply her talents completely, she felt destined to venture into the art world. And she is not alone; she is accompanied by her dreams and soul. Therefore, Florence was not alone when creating these pieces because her works opened dialogues with people. She communicated with architecture, history, and culture through her works in a humanistic way. She integrated her art into a conversation among space, movies, music, crafts, merchandises, multimedia, and commercial performance. Through her illustrated books, workshops, and lectures, she even opened a conversation with children.
As a major milestone for Florence, this solo exhibition presents the best of her recent work. Her sophisticated drawing skills mixed with postmodernism, abstract and Japanese ukiyo-e styles make a virtual world of illusion and persona. Through these works, she tries to outline a reflection on individuals and a critique on groups. Florence made best efforts to every single piece with full pleasant flavor to savor, and there is always a pleasant surprise if one views it again and examines the details. Praiseworthy, her hardworking virtue attracts many masters from the movies, music, and design industries to participate, all of which makes this an exhibition to look forward to.
最後，我期待羅羅未來能有更多的作品問世，在這個虛幻的世界裡，透過藝術本質的創作，為給人們帶來更多真實的探險。我想借用動畫家華特迪士尼的話，與羅羅共勉之 :「繼續前進，打開新的門，嘗試新的事物，好奇心永遠會指引我們新的道路。 」
Lastly, I look forward to Florence’s work in the near future, which will lead people to more real adventures through the essence of her art in the unreal world we live in. I would like to share the words from Walt Disney with her: “We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
China University of Technology Department of Digital Multimedia Design,Lecturer
I am honored to be Miss Florence Lo's illustration agent in the U.S. market. Her illustrations appeal to me and her American clients not only because of her skillful watercolor technique, but because of the depth and warmth of the content. Florence cares about current affairs, often employing diverse social phenomena as her creative themes. She then uses watercolor to render and explore her surroundings, intertwining art and life. Her art album carries an exciting energy: it is worth savoring again and again. -Nina Edwards Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Artist Agent, and Art instructor Metropolitan Miss Design Studio