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A Residency Project by Lai Wai-Yi, Monti

Close your eyes, and try to see the colour in your mind. Would that be white, yellow, orange, red, blue, purple, green or a mix of different colour? Green has been the colour that remains in my head whenever my eyes are closed, ever since I received a homemade herbal poultice after an accident at the age of 6. I was bitten by a dog at my aunt’s home. It was a sunny winter day. I was wearing my favorite yellow furry coat. I was patting the dog’s forehead and talking to her. Seconds later she bit me on my thigh. Maybe that’s the way she played with her friends. My aunt was a farmer, and she rushed back to the house from the field to rescue me. After the accident instead of sending me to the hospital, she collected some Rohdea Japonica (萬年青) from the garden and then mixed it with other ingredients to make an herbal treatment. The smell was very strong, and I still remember it today. The herbal poultice had a very dark green, almost black colour. It sometimes flashes through my mind and I have had an intimate feeling with this dark green colour, even today.

Publication Date



Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University


Hong Kong

Artist Biography

Born in Hong Kong, Lai Wai-Yi, Monti received the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), Royal Melbourne Institute of technology (RMIT) University co-presented with Hong Kong Art School in 2004. Currently, she is a MA student in environmental Art, Aalto University (former University of Art and Design Helsinki). Her works are mainly mixed media and site specific installations. Lai is an active visual artist and educator. She has organized solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and Finland and has participated in joint exhibitions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Finland and Germany. She was awarded the Grant for Emerging Artist, Arts Development Council in 2008 for her debut solo exhibition. In 2004, she co-founded the artist and art administration group, MIA (Mere Independent Artists).

Residence Period

September to December 2010

Exhibition Period

December 1-8, 2010

Exhibition Venue

Artist's Studio, NAB 323 3/F, New Academic Block Lingnan University 8 Castle Peak Road Tuen Mun Hong Kong


Artist-in-residence, art exhibition


Interdisciplinary Arts and Media | Visual Studies

Recommended Citation

Lai, W. Y. M. (2010). The colour that remains. Hong Kong: Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University.

The colour that remains