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To Wander,
Begin Here

A sculptor and a painter, Chan graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Her works question the status and value of dumpster detritus and mundane objects, and explore integration of found objects with natural and industrial elements. She was the 2020 BMW Art Journey winner.

Leelee Chan

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Mixed media sculpture
2018 

Imaginary Boundary is comprised of found concrete-coated foam packaging which contains a dried plant pod, pebbles, ceramic tiles, and an inexpensive domestic household mirror. Each element inside the sculpture directly draws on the ‘footprints’” left by the morning walkers along the Lung Fu Shan Hiking Trail. This community of walkers has gathered since the 1980s to socialise, exercise on pebbled reflexology paths, collect water from the gullies, drink tea, and grow Chinese herbs.

I was drawn to their DIY spirit, which to me is visually compelling and reflects a freewheeling spontaneity. The walkers place colourful household tiles at the base of their makeshift washing facilities and on top of multiple stone blocks along the paths, turning them it into dual-purpose resting stools. On the blocks, the words ‘good health’ (身体健康) are inscribed in Simplified Chinese, conveying a playful message. Mirrors hang from trees or close to mountain streams in order to create makeshift washing facilities.     

Imaginary Boundary 

A news article from 2007 in the South China Morning Post reported that one of the original boundary stones, which had been erected by the Hong Kong Government in 1903, went missing. This boundary stone at Magazine Gap Road was the seventh and last of the stones to mark the boundary of the City of Victoria, the former capital of Hong Kong during the British Colonial period; Victoria was one of the first urban settlements, expanding from Central to Kennedy Town, Sheung Wan, and Wan Chai. Ironically, once a key symbol of the early Hong Kong history and identity, none of the boundary stones today has legal protection against damage and demolition. 

Imaginary Boundary is by no means intended to be a replica of this missing stone. Rather than driven by exact measurements and materials, I created it purely from my memory of the boundary stone at Hatton Road in Lung Fu Shan. Its surrounding green foliage and the otherwise invisible inscription of the number ‘7’ appears and disappears in the mirror image, depending on the angle from which it is viewed. This creates a direct relationship between one’s body, the sculpture, and the surroundings, and facilitates a higher awareness of seeing. Much like the fate of the missing stone, which was overlooked, the traces of the morning walkers present a blurry vision of contemporary Hong Kong’s relationship between the natural and artificial, past and present, public and private, and the internal and external hybrids of everyday life.

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Floor Plan

Graduated in Fine Art Photography at the University of the Arts London. Intimacy, solitary, relationship and space are her research subjects.

Choi Ching Yee

Photography
2018 

Rippling

Amidst the urban imagery, Choi intends to depict how the object attempted to collide with the negative space, and painting as a process reconnecting the gap between the real and the unreal in an indescribable space and time.
After Receiving her MA at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2012, she started participating in community Art and cross-media collaborations. Never stopping her pursue in painting, Choi is concerned with the traces of environment and social values left on the individuals. Her works plays with absurdity from different contexts, finding them carriers and bringing new meanings - from texts, objects to 2- dimensional. Choi also participate in community art programme, she has formed an art collective with other Hong Kong Artists, named ‘CHT. Art Project’.

Bouie Choi
Yuk Kuen

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Acrylic on paper
2018 

Day after day, seeing ships coming and going, far-away isles appearing and disappearing, birds freely soaring and gliding, Lung Fu Shan longs for its day of wandering, of drifting with the sea elsewhere. But here, there are many different stakeholders, including the animals living here, morning walkers continuously caring for their backyard mountain, and generations of lonely wandering souls. 

* Each stakeholder expresses opinions in their own language

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