Matthew TSANG Man Fu 曾敏富
Matthew Tsang Man Fu is a Hong Kong visual artist. He completed his Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) degree, major in Painting, in 2009 and Master of Fine Art degree in 2016, both are co-presented by RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School. His works investigate the relationship between time, change, process and materiality. He works mainly with a variety of natural materials including wood, ice and charcoal and utilises processes including burning, melting and freezing. His artworks are presented in installation, video, photographs and sculptural objects. Since 2012 he has been a part-time lecturer at Hong Kong Art School. Tsang's work are exhibited in Hong Kong and overseas and are collected by private collectors. In 2018 he was awarded Austronesian International Arts Award-Grand Prize and invited to participate in Harbour Art Sculpture Park.
Developing ways to use materials and techniques is often challenging in the context of adopting sculpture as the core medium for art creation. Through observing the routines of craftsmen such as carpenters, cementers, plumbers, and electricians, I often find pleasant surprises when I integrate their wisdom and experience into my artwork.
From Tree to Charcoal
"From Tree to Charcoal" is a work in the "Before Collapse" series. Through material transformation, the series examines the questions about mortality, death and rebirth, and explores how to live in every moment of our lives. The burnt materiality of the tree in this work poetically and theatrically presents a metaphysical correlation with how we experience time passing and cosmic cycle, both in the external observed physical world as well as in the inner subconscious mind.
Artist through the work experiments on and explores the relationship between material, process and form. Stainless steel changes its colour and texture after welding. The high temperature produces a metallic surface in steel blue colour and with wave-liked patterns, which match well with the water droplet form. This has been an experience full of uncertainties and conflicts in the production process and the material qualities.