30.5x76.5. Soft pastel on paper. 2019. Commissioned for Cynde and Harlon Lee.
33 x 41". Soft pastel on paper. 2017.
"Noise Pollution I" is the first of a small series of drawings made to further investigate the concepts explored in my installations such as geo-cultural "noise" and visual translations of sound. The layers of "noise" overlapping the landscape points to the ways in which characteristics of modern life (ie. frenetic lifestyles, internet culture, television, etc) often distract from and pollute our sensibilities to the grandiose beauty of our natural environment and a sense of peace within ourselves. Drawing "noise pollution" gives that which is invisible a tactile quality, empowering the individual with the ability to move around, see past or work with the noise rather than be lost in it.
30.5 x 61". Soft pastel on paper. 2017.
"Noise Pollution II" is inspired by the lines of the Bay Area Freeways such as 680, 580, and 880 as seen on a map. The jagged and undulating quality of the lines are used to mimic the terrain surrounding the Bay Area, a metaphor to the human's innate desire to be with the slower-paced qualities of nature, regardless of how immersed we are in our fast-paced lifestyles. In relationship to my installations, the drawing attempts to visualize sound, in this case, the "noise pollution" apparent in the geography's culture. Layers of tense marks overlap a serenely atmospheric landscape which signifies the greater, expansive space yearned for beyond the "noise".
40" x 62". Soft pastel on paper. 2017.
"Noise Pollution III" attempts to capture the mesmerizing quality of noise pollution. In this particular piece, Ho used the element of line to compose her own musical notation - each line representing a piece of a melody. For example, the long, yellow line above to the left would represent a long, sustained sound whilst the smaller repetition of lines below play a quicker tempo. Here, noise pollution is compared to the hypnotic, tantalizing qualities of music. In addition, the mountainous landscape was inspired by coastal lines on a map of the Bay Area, flipped horizontally.
30.5 x 102 ”. Chalk and india ink on paper. 2018.
The Noise Pollution IV drawing is a quadriptych landscape inspired by the desire to “stop and enjoy the view”. In the midst of the Bay Area’s movement-obsessed culture, Ho attempts to bring the therapeutic impact she experiences when pausing to observe landscapes in nature to the experience of observing a drawing.