Kong Yuk Yee graduated from the Academy of Visual Art, Hong Kong Baptist University. After receiving her art degree, she keeps exploring the relationship between nature and human.
The urban green facing crucial problem because of the land shortage in Hong Kong, there is no space for residents to imagine the mysteries of nature. During the artist residency in Hokkaido, Japan, Kong was inspired by their concept of animism. She thinks that the reason Japanese can preserve the natural environment and support ecotourism as they believe all things have souls.
Then Kong uses《The Classic of Mountains and Seas》, a Chinese classic text and a compilation of mythic geography and myth, as a reference and merge her own memories and dreams with daily life objects. “I hope to make the familiar seem completely unfamiliar and allow audiences see the world a new way, to feel the invisible world and a kingdom of spirits.”
Repgong is a remote city from Zi-ling, which located at plateau area and hundred of local artists paint thangka, sculpt religious statues there. Kong stayed there and had a four weeks intensive training to learn thangka, including how to make canvas by gypsum powder, mix mineral pigments with glue and turn gold into powder.
After the training, she found the way they paint thangka is inspiring. They use very thin lines with different color intensity to achieve the result instead of using a gradient wash. Nevertheless, different from one point perspective painting, thangka use an elaborated and complex composition including many small figures. Kong tries to absorb this amazing style into her latest paintings.
2018 Versus | Tenjinyama Art Studio, Sapporo, Japan Hong Kong Tugs at My Heartstrings|HKCEC ｜ Casueway Bay 2017 Disconnect to Reconnect|JCCAC 2016 Another Sides of Hong Kong | Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre 2015 25 ° Blue ｜ Open quote, PMQ HKBU AVA BA(VA) Graduation Exhibition | AVA Kai Tak Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University "etc." Honours Project and etc. | Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery 2014 City Discovery ：Joint-University Cultural Mapping | The Fringe Club