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陈鹿华Candy Chen

香港李寶椿聯合世界書院 Class of 2020

“I love art for many reasons but mainly because of its impact on people. I gradually realized the power of art in conveying message, raising awareness, and calling for mess support. I believe this is my way of impacting and helping the world.”


Tomato juice on paper | 84cm x 119cm

Upon dissecting a tomato, I analyzed its lines, composition, and inner structure, which reminded me of lungs - from the color and texture, to the seeds that resembled alveoli. Nature's symmetry, geometry, and recurring themes inspired my concept sculpture of breathing, and made me consider creative ways in which to capture just a sliver of the art teeming in nature. In the previous response, I merely considered the color and shapes of a tomato while ignoring its essence, an organic plant and fruit that decays with time. And as tomatoes are very juicy, full of water - the fuel of life, they left their mark with the last of their breaths.

School Bag

Ceramic | 29cm x 6cm x 45cm

"School bag" represents my personal struggles that come with social constraints and the pressure from my parents for academic excellence. Born in a traditional Chinese family, I was held up to the virtues within the "Three Character Classic", an ancient book that regards studying as a filial duty to parents, which only led to unnecessary stress. Hoping that a physical representation would help alleviate this adolescent angst, I sculpted my actual school bag, a metaphor for academic studies. The front of the sculpture is adorned with scenes and moments from school. The back serves as a canvas for the "Three Character Classic" that equates learning to an obligation. As this is the part of school bag that touches my back, the words are branded daily on my body, throughout a sense of inevitability and constraint.

Printing the Present

Lino block print | 21cm x 29.7cm

While modernization brought convenience and improvements in the standard of living, it also compromised indigenous culture. Drawing from my experience during China Week in Fujian, I created this piece to draw attention to the tragic loss of traditional Tulou architecture as it is overrun and trampled by modern apartments. Even the rural persimmon plantation industry has been forsaken for urban jobs. After studying the works of Ray Morimura, I was able to create a pattern that resembles skyscrapers within this asymmetrical composition representing the invasion of modernization.

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