Sai Kung Magazine - May 2017 - saikung.com/art-month-sai-kung
Art month in Sai Kung
As art month descends into Hong Kong, we speak to the local artists to see what they have in store for art lovers.
I am a self-taught artist, I don’t have a formal background in art. I’ve lived in Sai Kung for five years but first became interested in creating art when I moved to Beijing eight years ago. In my first year of creating art, I was doing mainly pencil drawings which then progressed to traditional Chinese ink brush painting and oil painting. From there I’ve played with different kinds of media and techniques ranging from painting to printmaking.
The work I’ve been making for the last few years is a multi-staged process which begins with making an original painting on small pieces of watercolour paper using both watercolor paint and, usually, ink. I also sometimes employ other material to alter the images, such as rubbing salt or sand into the wet paint or using special pens from Japan. I like playing around with materials and seeing what comes of it. Once I’ve finished making the initial piece I then work with a fine art printer on Hong Kong island to enlarge it.
I’m currently working on a set of watercolor paintings inspired from images taken from space, they are all of natural landscapes which span the globe. With them I hope to convey from a macro sense all of the beauty found around the world. The paintings are abstract in design, and span different landscapes from the Antarctica to the Sahara.
Everything I make is abstract and comes directly from my mind. The works are influenced by the time I have spent in the natural world, my interest in human consciousness and things I have been exposed to in my many travels. For me, the creation of my art is truly an exercise in meditation and I hope to allow others looking at it to get a sense of that for themselves.
My art is very personal to me but that is about to change as I have my first solo show this month in Sai Kung at H Studio.
I think there are a lot of creative people living in the Sai Kung area, working in many different areas. I’d like to see artists in the area interacting and collaborating more. I think, together as a group, Sai Kung has a lot to offer the Hong Kong art community. I look at my work as ever-expanding and try not to place any limitations on myself. As a self-taught artist, I have a lot of freedom in what I make and how I make it, which makes what I’m doing unique and fresh.
Tamera’s first solo exhibition will be held at H Studio Gallery from March 18-30.