Gerald Mak is an interdisciplinary artist based in London with roots from Hong Kong. He recently completed his Masters in Ceramics and Glass at Royal College of Art in 2020. He works across drawing, sculpture, ceramics and writing. Responsive to recent circumstances and personal experiences, Mak explores his latent concerns over identity construct, notion of otherness and human relationships in his practise, whilst referencing his own exploration of self as a Hong Kong born artist now living in London.
His series Desire of communication and relationships began with a fascination of what the hand represents in its manifold, potent for Mak as a maker having a hands on relationship with the material he works with mostly clay and more recently paper. He often sees these hand motifs as self portraits to a degree, expressions of his hands drawn from habits and different relationships, be it of harmony or conflict concurrent to events personal and external in the past year. It is about touch, or lack thereof within the context of a pandemic; hand gestures as a communicator words cannot articulate otherwise.