Tree of Exceptions has been reconfigured and installed in a new space: the Blue Gallery of the Yew Chung Foundation's Secondary Campus in Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong). It will be exhibited until late August 2017. You are welcome to visit by contacting me.
June 1st, 2017
May 20th, 2017
May 11th, 2017
May 3rd, 2017
Photos as the installation Tree of Exceptions grows in a village house in Hong Kong's New Territories
Cyanotype "bricks" test negatives imprinted with villagers' memories
Negatives installed on windows
Paintings in progress: before developing in sunlight (L) and after (R)
Printing on the rooftop of the village house, Pimary
Histories of Hong Kong printed in branches and leaves. Vandyke and Cyanotype painting on paper, installation detail. Where two incompatible chemicals meet, an irregular, unpredictable border forms.
March 28th, 2017
Thanks to the invitation of Pimary art residency in Hong Kong's New Territories, I have the chance to explore the rural side of our city, and its unique histories. My new project, "Tree of Exceptions", will be a large-scale painting installation two storeys high of tree roots, trunks and limbs.
Vandyke and Cyanotype photosensitive inks will be imprinted with the memories of people from Hong Kong villages near the Chinese border.
An exploration of place, rootedness, and returning home.
Mr. Leung examines a fan listing Chinese dynasties to pinpoint the date of his family's arrival in the village (around 1644, beginning of the Qing dynasty). The Hakka were banished to the mountains and the seas of China by northern Qing emperors. "We didn't choose this place for any particular reason to create a village, we just migrated until there was food, and then we stopped." — in Lo Tsz Tin, Hong Kong.
Mrs. Shum moved here from Guangdong 20 years ago to join her husband, whose family comes from the village. "People used to gather here, outside in the lanes chatting. We would eat together in the open area near the village hall. Our doors were always open wide, never locked. Life is different now." Her husband passed away a few months ago. She gave us passion fruits from her garden, tangy and sweet.
Mr. Shek ("Mr. Stone") and his wife moved to this fishing village 40 years ago, when the island where they'd grown up was immersed by a reservoir (Plover Cove). Ever since, they've run this wonton shop twelve hours a day, six days a week. Their soup's pungent with the fish dried and ground to flavor it. All their ingredients are handmade, of the old style no longer easily found in HK. Though their children are grown and they no longer need to work, they have no plans to stop. "If we didn't have this restaurant, we wouldn't know what to do." Photo and translation by Chen Kai Ping. — in Sam Mun Tsai, Hong Kong.
Master Li Chuen Lam shows Kai Ping a book of Hakka Kung fu masters in which he's included. Though Master Li's ancestors were among the founders of the village three and a half centuries ago, his family couldn't afford the HK $10/month for kung fu lessons, so he started learning by watching others. Among many other things, he is officially authorized to teach the Unicorn Dance.
A fisherman in the village of Sam Mun Tsai contributes his signature to the project
Carman works seven days a week. On weekends, she runs an organic farm, Shan Ha Long Cheong
Photos of the installation as a work-in-progress here.
The project reviewed in the South China Morning Post.
Completed installation photos here.
January 9th, 2017
If you're in Hong Kong, you're welcome to stop by my annual Open Studio. Fresh work hangs on the walls in the bright Blue Gallery space of YCIS, the international school where I work as artist-in-residence.
To visit, contact me for directions.
December 31st, 2016
November 7th, 2016
Panoramic photo of China Obscura installation of Cyanotype paintings and prints in Shenzhen, China, November 2016
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Shenzhen has become a center for Chinese design, and is an exciting young city near Hong Kong. At 7 million people, it's about the same size.
I was thrilled to represent San Francisco's stARTup Art Fair with the China Obscura installation at Shenzhen City Art Fair this weekend.
Sunlight passes through handmade paper permeated with Cyanotype blue. Calligraphy is Mao's distinctive handwriting on a window design typical of Beijing hutong architecture
Couldn't have done it without the help from translators like Percy, who has the work ethic that's made the region so successful: while finishing an MA in Simultaneous Translation, he's also co-owner of a PR company for auto racing events.
September 8th, 2016
Hake brushes blue from cyanotype chemicals
Studio shipment arrived from Beijing this week. Now my brushes are back, it's time to get painting in the new studio.
August 8th, 2016
Vintage windows in my short-term rental in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Ten years ago, I moved to Hong Kong for love, following a husband who lived here. Now, I return for life.
I work as Artist-in-Residence for an educational foundation. They have recently transferred me to Hong Kong, and I look forward to beginning a new life here. There are many new paintings in the works, and a studio to make them in.
Our Artist-in-Residence studio in Kowloon Tong. Contact me if you'd like to visit