Teapoy

Photograph, inkjet print on paper, ink on tracing paper, handmade wood frame & glass
2005

“Teapoy” is a collaborative project of the artist & his mother, TSANG Yin Hung. It was submitted to the Hong Kong Art Biennial 2005, organized by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, & was shown in the exhibition as a selected entry, acknowledged TSANG Yin Hung as the author of the artwork.

One day I decided to start making art. My son Kwan Sheung-chi, who is also an artist, suggested staying with me for a day and documenting my life on that day. I told him that my life has nothing, but he insisted no harm for trial. Morning exercise, breakfast, read newspaper, watch stock market quotes on TV and in bank, market, prepare lunch, lunch, afternoon nap, watch stock market quotes on TV, market, prepare dinner, dinner with my family, wash dishes, watch 3 TV dramas, bath, go to bed… On 29th June 2005, we proceeded with our plan. During the conversation we had after lunch, I mentioned last week I helped a friend to draw a design plan for a kitchen cabinet. From 1950 to 1954, I practiced mechanical drawing in the Guang-dong ji xie xue yuan (Guangdong Institute of Mechanic) when I was in Mainland China. Many of my old classmates and friends became engineer in Mainland later. Chi said he already forget about my study and asked me a lot. Later, Chi took out some old photo album, the photos were taken when my husband and I were just married. He found a photo which was probably taken in 1974, showing me have my big son in arms, in our flat. He said he has never seen the teapoy in the photo. A housemate of my brother, Cheung Chai, made most of the furniture in wood for our flat, including that teapoy. I said no, you should have seen it. Chi found another photo that was taken probably in 1982, showing he as a little child with another teapoy, which is now in our flat. Yes, he was right. He asked if I could still remember the appearance of the former teapoy and make a technical drawing. He said he could rebuild the old teapoy from my drawing.

       

+ exhibition history

2007. “Time After Time”, Basement, Hollywood Centre, Hong Kong
2005. “Irreality”, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong
 
 

+ 中文 +

茶几

照片、噴墨列印紙本、墨水描圖紙本、手造木框及玻璃
2005

有一天我決定要開始藝術創作。我的藝術家兒子關尚智提議跟我一起渡過一天,紀錄我那一天的生活。我跟他說,我的生活沒有甚麼,不過,他堅持這麼試試並沒有壞。起床,晨運,準備早餐,早餐,看報紙,看電視的股票行情,銀行,街市買菜,準備午餐,午餐,午睡,看電視的股市行情,往銀行看股市行情,街市買菜,準備晚餐,晚餐,洗碗,看三套電視劇集,洗澡,睡覺...二零零五年六月二十九日,我們進行了計劃。午飯後,我跟阿智在閒聊時,我提起上星期我幫我的一個朋友畫了一幅廚櫃製圖。當我還在中國大陸的時候,一九五零至一九五四年間我曾在廣東機械學院就讀,學習過機械製圖。很多昔日的同學和朋友們之後都在大陸當上工程師。阿智說他已經忘記了我的學歷,之後他問了我很多問題。跟著,阿智拿了一些舊相片簿出來看,那些相片都是我剛剛跟先生結婚後拍的。他找到一張應該在一九七四年拍的相片,相片中的我在家中抱著我的大兒子。他說他從沒有看見過相片中的茶几。我們家中的傢俱很多都是我弟弟的同屋朋友祥仔用木造的,包括那個茶几。我說不,你當然有看過。阿智找出另一幅應該是在一九八二年拍的相片,相片中他還是一個剛學走路的小孩,還有我們現在家中的那一個茶几。對,他是正確的。他問我是否可能回憶起舊茶几的模樣,畫出製圖。他說他可以按我畫的圖重新造出那個舊茶几。

展出紀錄:

2007.「時往時復」,荷里活中心地庫,香港
2005.「玄.現實」,Para/Site 藝術空間,香港

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