Joe CHAN Kiu Hong 陳翹康
Joe CHAN Kiu Hong was graduated from the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) and the Master of Fine Art co-presented by RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School. CHAN has been exhibiting his works in Chicago, Italy, Taiwan, Australia, Japan, Macau and China. His ceramic work includes sculptural, installation, environment, and sound elements. CHAN’s work 'Jing Ting’ was selected by Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012 (HKCAA). CHAN had been invited to be the resident artist of Art camp Tango, Japan in 2014. CHAN’s recent awards include MTR Tiara Sculpture Competition -Bronze Prize, 21st ifva festival (Media Art Category) - Gold Award and Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2020 - 2nd Runner Up.
I often wonder what making ceramics should or could be like nowadays. People’s current lifestyle, technology and cultural phenomena are so different from those of a hundred years ago, what was it like then? What exactly is it now? Or... perhaps something has never changed.
Belly button, what is left when the umbilical cord falls off after a baby is born, is one of a kind. It is a symbol of the separation from the mother’s body, and a mark of individualization.
From a physical or historical point of view, ceramics is not only a documentary material, but also an eternal material after being fired. We can see abundant ceramic memorial items among the historical relics, and even ceramic photos on modern tombstones.
Over the past two years, we have experienced the most difficult moments of our generation. Many of our people have left the world; many people said that something is about to disappear, so I really want to keep a record for the people at this time.
I recorded the belly buttons of all kinds of people through molding. I deliberately preserved that negative space, which of the belly button is like a wave that we can’t normally see, just like life that flows away without knowing it.
The body will change, and the world is still turning every day. No matter how bad the times are and what the future is, life still needs to be lived bravely … and independently.
Some of my works usually start from research. For a while, I wondered if I could make ceramics, a relatively stable material, present in an unstable state. To make ceramic works float in different situations is one of the ways of creation that I like because it reflects my subconscious unknowingly.