Summer in Qingdao. More photos on Flickr
It's good to stop every now and then to take stock of what you're doing and why, and how you managed to get there in the first place. For some of us, New Years resolutions provide the excuse. Interviews are another.
Shatter the Looking Glass magazine had a lot of questions about my background and motivations. Here's an excerpt:
"I always made things. They were made of words or images, often both. They were usually flat, because flat things were easier to share or display or keep hidden, depending on what they depicted. I made them with pencil, ink, markers or, later, a set of smelly oil paints donated by a neighbor that her son had left behind decades before. They were a way out of a life I wanted to escape.
Eventually these things that I made were what gave life meaning. There was no question that this would be the focus of my days and nights. If this all sounds ridiculously narcissistic and introspective, it was, and is. But I look around more now, and the world is stranger than anything I’ve seen in any painting or fantasy novel. Much more interesting, too."
The HK Arts blog also published a Q & A with me in June. It was a pleasure to revisit Hong Kong arts online, as it's changed so much since I left in 2008:
"The local scene has begun to grow dynamically in scope and sophistication in the past few years, stimulated by ArtHK, M+ and similar projects. HK produced art is no longer just focused on the graduates of particular local universities, congregating in virtual warehouse ghettoes. I see this as an expansion of HK's horizons in general in the past decade.
Hong Kong people are experimenting in various industries to find their place in contemporary Asia, as a Chinese city with special privileges, with a unique culture and history. If HK's arts growth keeps up, buoyed by direct exposure to the international art shown and sold here, I see only good things for the future of art produced in Hong Kong."