Timothy Zau

Timothy Zau (Zau Hou Wang) received a BA in Fine Art (2008) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and an MA (2010) in Visual Culture Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Timothy explores the role of online selfies with non-sense captions, which seem to tell a fragment of a story about someone's life, but in fact, say nothing at all. The social media snapshots may surface only for seconds before vanishing into the vast sea of images. Timothy Zau painted portraits based on anonymous selfies from Instagram. These ephemeral selfies of strangers were re-created in oil on canvas, a traditional painting technique meant to last for centuries. The pictures, which had lifespans of seconds on social media, are now reborn to pass on for generations.