Why do you make artwork?
I had an accident in 2001 and was seriously injured, I started to think about the things I wanted to do and try, and the life that I wanted to live. That’s how I began my journey, I studied, learnt more about myself, and learnt to express myself using art. I wish I can live a peaceful life, but things happening in my world are not peaceful at all, so I decided to make artwork as my response to the world.
Have you been passionate about art all along?
Actually, when I was younger, I studied fashion design. I think my art journey began in 2005, I started doing basic drawings and paintings while I was studying fashion design. After I graduate, I went to New York, stayed there and worked for two years. Then I decided to come back to Hong Kong, and come back to my true passion – fine arts.
Can you talk about your work “My Lost Home”?
An old apartment was demolished over a decade; there is now a vacant space where I once lived. The living space disappeared somewhere in the sky and it is hard to locate exactly where it had been. I am triggered by an acute sense of nostalgia and transience invoked by the fading memories of a time and a place that once was but has disappeared forever. In order to project my sense of yearning and desire, I have transformed a series of images of my old to re-build the space that contained the cherished memories of my family and bore witness to my existence and my identity.
Hong Kong is a rapidly changing city. The cityscape has transformed because of the demolition of architectural structures done in the name of urban renewal, with little regard or no regard for their history. However, memories fade and are gone forever.
I hope my work can arouse the audience’s experience of loss and a desire to reclaim and rethink the value of precious memories and identity.
Is there something you want to do about your memories?
I want to go back to my old home, but the house I lived in when I was young was demolished thirteen years ago. I still remember it was on the fifteenth floor, but now it is a vacant space in the sky. The old home means a lot to me as I grew up in there and it was a place that made me who I am now. My dream project is to make a way back to the old home and stay at the exact space, for a day. This project will reflect the rapid changes of the Hong Kong landscape and comfort my nostalgic feelings.
我很享受在「水」裡存在的感覺。有時候我覺得自己是一粒冰 – 放在水裡，我溶化成水的一部份；放在奶茶裡，我溶化成奶茶的一部份；放在咖啡裡，我溶化成咖啡的一部份。我希望在水底不用呼吸也能生存，那就不用回陸地生活了。