Leung Po Ying, Agnes
Peculiar creatures or monsters are often featured in your paintings. What interested you in pursuing this “research”?
Monsters, animals and oddly-shaped objects often appear in my work because I am often fascinated with urban legends, monsters and other-worldly subjects. As for the “research” aspect, I am creatively inspired by learning about strange things as well as reading encyclopedias and illustrated books on animals.
Why choose the collage approach in your work?
There tends to be fewer collages among new works nowadays. I like collage drawings because they are usually based on dry ink and I like its contrast with wet ink. With every single collage, I am often pleasantly surprised with the resulting imagery. So this becomes a technique I love since becoming an artist.
Among the exhibitions and arts projects you participated in, which has been the most memorable?
I believe it would be the group exhibition Anything Anywhere presented by Contemporary by Angela Li because it was the first time I encounter people including curators, collectors and veteran artists in an exhibition. It was an unforgettable experience.
What is your impression of JCCAC as an art space after becoming a resident artist here?
JCCAC is a great art space! I originally came to JCCAC as a visitor and enjoyed creating with Fish King (Henry Chan), and later became a resident artist at JCCAC. I am quite grateful to be part of JCCAC where I was able to meet artists engaged in a variety of art forms. In addition, I was visited several times by secondary students studying visual arts who came to my studio. We had great conversations on art and these experiences were very pleasant.
Any upcoming plans for you?
I will be presenting my solo exhibition in March at Art Central. The works to be exhibited will be different from my past works. I will also participate in some group exhibitions afterwards. Also, I plan to publish my first short shojo manga in August which is currently in preparation.