I strive to create work that encourages the viewer to pause and look closer, to draw in and reveal the overlooked and the unseen.
I look to amplify the subtle signifiers and traces held within locations and present these to the viewer. Layering and repetition are employed as a means to evoke dormant memories and these are often fractured glances of a fleeting moment.
I am very influenced by places that I visit, both by the immediate sense and presence of my physical surroundings and by the deeper underlying social, cultural and historical aspects.
A series taking as its starting point two elements unique to Hong Kong: Neon signs and bamboo construction.
The neon signage and bamboo scaffolding in Hong Kong are an indelible part of the cities make-up. However the former often signals the laters demise. The bamboo that encases slick new buildings can spur thoughts of a small shop or maybe a restaurant demolished and removed to make way, along with its neon marker.
The use of bamboo scaffolding was first introduced, for use in the building industry, to Hong Kong in 1800's. It is still employed today as a reliable, safe and strong method on a scale quite unlike anywhere else. From afar the bamboo appears to shield buildings in a translucent cocoon, lending the solid structure beneath an ethereal presence.
Since the 1950's neon signs have defined Hong Kong's urban makeup. Designed with a commercial function, many of these become symbols in their own right, acting as markers and landmarks for navigating the dense urban sprawl. The signs, and the artisans who produce them, are in decline, the streets of Wan Chai and Central are gradually losing their glow.