Artist statement - Tang Ying Chi
The first serious of work (between 1991 and 2003) was about the experimentation of visual languages and its possibilities of communication in 2D form especially in the context of cultural identity in the political situation of Hong Kong. The work explored both conventional and non-conventional languages together with photographic images and personal gestural lines to depict a fragile, pale and helpless situation of HongKongers especially in the early stage of the series. The sense of paleness or whiteness inspired from the Cantonese opera group – Yam Kim Fai and Pak Suet Sin’s piece of work, and the overall concepts in ways of making comes from some ideas in Chinese painting.
The second series (between 2003 and 2008) which was in fabric and sewing work responded to the western culture’s influences to non-western countries. I chose to go back to the history of Hong Kong in the 60’s or 70’s and visited again the practice of the domestic industry such as garment industry and its symbolic meaning in self-strengthening and self-maintaining in everyday living of general people. These works also mediate and communicate again issues of self/cultural identity but in traditional feminine way.
The recent work (from 2010) goes back to the ideas of painting in contemporary technological world and re-thinking the ideas of Chinese painting as well. The earlier paintings are not made from mental mind but copies painted directly from digital projected images on issue of Hong Kong as international city. This series are attempting to see the complexities of Hong Kong as financial and political territory of the world and China as well.