Joyce Ho / Taiwan b.1983 / Overexposed memory(still, detail) 2015 / Single-channel video installation, 4:47 minutes, colour, sound / Proposed for the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Collection / © The artist / Image courtesy: The artist and TKG+, Taipei

Joyce Ho
Overexposed memory 2015

Not Currently on Display

In Joyce Ho’s video, Overexposed memory 2015, shot against a lemon yellow wall, an actor slowly squeezes and bites into different pieces of fruit; the camera lingers on their surfaces until they collapse into a pulpy mush. To emphasise the effect, the artist boiled the fruit before painting the surfaces in their original colours to create the illusion of ripeness — as they break apart, the paint mingles unnaturally with their juices. Even the soundtrack is deliberately odd; the viewer does not hear the manipulation of the fruit itself, but rather the rustle of packaging and a satisfying ‘ding’ as the actor’s teeth bite into a cherry tomato.

Joyce Ho’s works explore gender roles, bureaucratic control and cultural conventions. With a striking, minimal aesthetic, her works often set up strange encounters for her audiences. Her paintings, installations, videos and performance works use saturated planes of colour — cool yellows and sickly greens — that typically surround neatly groomed young women. The women represent the artist herself, but also act as guides who help audiences navigate nonsensical but compelling rituals. Ho’s interest in the tensions between dreams and reality, and darkness and light, creates works with unusual atmospheres and strange situations that can be uneasy, seductive and playfully humorous.

Contemporary context

How does Joyce Ho:

  • use materials, technologies or approaches to affect the audience experience?
  • employ imagery and/or display techniques to challenge aesthetic traditions?

Personal context


  • communicate influences on her life and experiences?
  • generate ideas from her own experiences, imagination or memories?
  • create sensory experiences to generate emotional responses from the viewer?
  • connect with the viewers’ experiences and/or expectations to construct meaning?

Cultural context

How does Joyce Ho:

  • reflect community interests through social commentary?

Formal context

How does Joyce Ho:

  • employ specific art elements and principles to communicate meaning?
  • communicate intentions using symbols, motifs or signs?
  • enhance the interpretation of the artwork through processes, materials and media?
  • share characteristics with art movements, times, places or events?