Artist's description:

While living on the south side of Hong Kong Island, I would walk along the beach and see what the South China Sea had offered up that day. Most people don't realize what a tropical paradise is hidden on the other side of Hong Kong glittering skyscrapers. While my Hong Kong rescue dog would play in the surf, I would collect whatever caught my eye. The shells and sea life, I would just photograph and leave on the shore, but bits of sea glass, pottery and tile, worn by time and tide, would be put in my pocket and brought to my studio. Being an ancient trade route, and a huge manufacturing centre, plenty of garbage and debris would also wash up. It begs the question: what makes a found object treasure versus trash? When does a man-made bit of detritus go from being an eyesore to something that delights? The newer pieces, usually cheaply made and plastic, would bring feelings of frustration and concern for the environment and sea life affected. Older objects, however, were usually made of inert materials like stone, glass or clay that had less impact on the environment, and bring joy even to just hold in one's hand. Several of my paintings explore the sense of discovery and beauty in beach finds, but this work is important to me because it shows my most treasured painted shards of traditional Hong Kong blue and white pottery.

Materials used:

Oil on canvas, framed

Shards of Memory - Hong Kong (2016)


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This artwork is sold by Tammy Flynn Seybold from Canada

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