Tick Tock: Sam Cheng Solo Exhibition
15 February - 8 March 2019
Sansiao Gallery HK
1/F, Room 104 - 5 Wilson House, 19 - 27 Wyndham Street,
Central, Hong Kong
Guest Curator: Chun Poon
Tick tock, tick tock, the clock is ticking; bit by bit Sam Cheng records the tiny things in ordinary matters. With the fast pace living style, city people may not notice tiny things. A cat's favourite hiding place, a plant sprouting in the impossible environment, and floating in the clouds or in the water, Sam is always curious about these subjects. Uniting imagination and memory, she uses traditional delineative painting (Gongbi Hua) techniques and modern ideas, capturing surroundings with sensational touches in her works.
For Sam, Chinese ink represents tradition as well as being regarded as a kind of "Tao" concept, a way inheriting the classical literati painting spirit. On the other hand, the mechanical elements in the paintings symbolize modernity, where precision and efficiency were invented. Sam tries to merge tradition and modernization, intertwining them within her works. It's like "Alice in Wonderland", but a contemporary body dreaming in the Chinese classical era. The clocking is ticking; space is shifting, creating a kind of uncertainty, time and space that are illusory and contradictory.
Completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a first-class honour in 2014, Sam Cheng has been committed in Chinese ink painting since her graduation. She is specialized in depicting still life and natural scenes and occasionally projects ideas with irony and symbolism in her works. Sam has participated in many local exhibitions in Hong Kong and has been invited to overseas joint exhibitions. Her works are often brought to major art fairs and occasionally appear in important auctions.