Lily LEUNG 梁山丹
Lily Leung was born in 1972 and was raised in Hong Kong through the colonial era. She was fashion model before working in advertising campaigns. These experiences came together for nurturing an aesthetic sense that melded the cultures from the East and the West. Lily is a self-taught photographer, beginning with taking snapshots in her working environment and working alongside professional photographers.
Having created several works that drew attention locally, Lily became a full-time visual artist in 2016. She amalgamates topics such as history, literature, feminism and life, using images that are poetic and ingenuous. Her media of choice are photography, video and installation.
She graduated from Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) co-presented by RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School with Distinction in 2018. Her graduate work, “Eileen Chang: Tierce of Life”, was conferred the WMA Lens-based Art Award.
Having lived under both British and Chinese Hong Kong, I believe that my art is heavily influenced by both the East and the West; in particular Chinese philosophy, poems and Shan Shui on one hand, and Western contemporary art on the other. I bring together the contrasting cultures and express these through new medium of art.
In the woods, the soil nourishes the earth and our lives. The molting birds leave their feathers on the soil as they fly through the woods. Meanwhile the butterflies flutter around in circle inside this same space.
The Chinese poet LI Bai wrote “The universe is being’s temporary home, time transit visitors over a hundred generation. Life is a difference between wakefulness and dreamlike, make it count. Why don’t we make our lives as happy as possible?”
The concept of the work is derived from Chinese Literature, coupled with elements of Chinese painting interpreted through a contemporary art angle. There are three visual elements in the picture: soil, feathers and butterflies, which are shot in a secluded woods. It depicts the cycle of life, with us being simply passing visitors on this earth at a given period of time.