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Artist Amy Cheung expresses views on life and death through sculptures

Artist Amy Cheung’s solo exhibition “Atom Ocean: Once we are dead, we don’t have to worry about dying anymore ─ Exhibition by Amy Cheung” will run at the Sha Tin Town Hall from tomorrow (May 1) until May 13. It will move to the Stanley Plaza from May 16 to May 31.

The exhibition features a set of sculptures inspired by Amy Cheung’s Tibet journey in February this year. She was in Kansu during a Buddhist festival “Sutra Rotation”. She saw clothes, shoes and accessories scattered on the slopes, and found that it was a tradition of the inhabitants to condole the passing of relatives.

Cheung was shocked and impressed by a scene of a father who was crying and fiercely shaking his daughter’s body. It was not because of the heartbroken crying of the father, but the movement of the little girl’s body which was stiff and impotent. The soulless body seemed just a kind of material left behind. To the artist, the existence of human beings is impermanent, which is trivial when compared to the vastness of nature.

An ocean, with a diameter of 3.5 metres, will be set up in the exhibition venue. It will be divided into two parts -- Water and Sand. “Water” is presented by eight creature-like ice sculptures while “Sand” is presented by eight creature-like sand sculptures, linked by glass tubes.

During the two-week exhibition, the ice sculptures will melt and water will flow into the sand sculptures through the tiny glass tubes. Towards the end of the exhibition, all ice and sand sculptures will have returned to the state of an ocean, which means that the birth and death of human is temporary to the universe.

Cheung, the sixth artist to participate the “Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme III”, gained her BA in History of Art & Fine Art from Goldsmith's College, University of London in 1996 and MFA in Mixed Media from the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London in 1998. Since graduation, Cheung has initiated numerous city interventions and public art projects and has participated in various local and overseas exhibitions. She was awarded grants by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and several overseas institutions in 1997 to 2005, and awarded the Unesco/Aschberg Laureate in 2004.

The Sha Tin Town Hall is located at 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin. It opens from 10am to 8pm daily. The Stanley Plaza is located at the 23 Carmel Road, Stanley. It opens from 9am to 8pm daily. Admission is free.

For details of the exhibition, visit the website at . For enquiries, call 3101 2712 or 3101 2713.

Ends/Sunday, April 30, 2006

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