Plastic Bottles, Spray paint, Chinese herbal tea, glitter, strings
12.4″ x 3.2″ x 4″, series of 3
“I’m a student from Hong Kong whose body of work is produced throughout the 2 year long International Baccalaureate course which mainly focuses on ‘Loss: Death and Mundanity.’ Inspired by the experience of witnessing local Hong Kong customs and rituals disappearing in this generation – the demolition of the Sham Shui Po fabric bazaar, the closing down of many businesses that I have been visiting since I was young, and the social protests that argue for retaining places that are significant to collective memory. I feel particularly resentful about being in this transitional generation.
This influenced me in making ‘ELAPSE ／結緣。完結 ,’ to indicate the inevitability of local stores diminishing as development advances. By combining patterns from old Hong Kong steel gates that signify demolition and phrases associated to deportation, the hourglass sculpture, which contains traditional Chinese herbal tea and glitter, shows the threat these local businesses face, and their inevitable disappearance. I hope that the viewers will resonate with the reminiscence and heartache conveyed through the piece, and that the piece will also reiterate the importance of preserving local specialties ny raising awareness and appreciation.”
“This piece is awesome, and the coolest thing it’s accomplishing is that it’s that beautiful thing of art where it’s so specific, and is telling your genuine story that people who cannot relate to your story relate to this piece. Like, for me, I find it really powerful because it reminds me of like, deserts in Arizona where I grew up that are now being replaced by shopping malls.
I love the structure of the hourglass. I think that’s such a powerful way to convey this message of time like, because the viewer has to operate it and it shows that kind of thing of, we can be upset by this but we are all playing a part in the movement of time forward.
There’s one question I have that you mentioned in the artist’s statement, that the symbols are from Hong Kong steel gates that are going to be demolished, I think you said in your statement, and I’m wondering what if the other side of the hourglass was symbols from a different item or something that kind of signified the future and change. I don’t know, that’s something think about.
There’s another thing too, and this is such a nitpicky technique thing, but it looks like in one of the pictures there’s like, a leak in the hourglass and I think that like, craft is always king and you have to make that so these have to be made flawlessly, because I think the concept is great but you have to make sure that they’re seamless, that it’s clean cut.
And I would pay a little bit more attention to the shape of the glass because right now I like how it kind of has almost a light bulb look to, kind of, you know, that whole image of the idea, and like, thinking how cool it would be if you did get hollowed out light bulbs and made them out of that. Yeah, I think that just being more intentional with what you use and how you make it cleanly to make this awesome concept even more effective than it already is.”