We caught up with Amy Tong to discuss how she finds her path in making art, where she gets her creative ideas and how she reflects her personality in her art pieces, and more.
- Can you give us a little background about yourself?
I’m a Hong Kong-based artist who creates paintings, sculptures, and installations.
I started painting at a very young age, and I learned to paint from a painting teacher. After school, I went on to pursue Arts in the UK at Arts University Bournemouth. I started exploring different mediums to express ideas.
- How do you describe yourself?
Eccentric, loving but awkward.
- How is your personality reflected in your work?
My work is driven by social situations, feelings, image scenarios, and intuitions. I think my work reflects my personality in many ways. They are my babies! I will also use the words from the last questions to describe my work. Haha!
- How much time do you spend in the workshop?
I spend a lot of time in my studio, especially now during COVID time. I don’t go out that much.
- What are you focusing on right now?
At the moment, I am working on my next show. It’s a solo show opening on the 26th June at RNH Space in Tai Kok Tsui.
Also, I was also in a group show Dream (Is) land!. It is currently showing at Mine Project gallery. The show includes 4 very different local female artists and their ideals towards their dreams on an island.
Note: The exhibition date – from now until 26 June 2021. Come check out the show!
- How do you see photography?
I have not explored using photography as a medium as much as I want to. I usually use photography to document memories or as a tool for communication on social media. Maybe I should explore that in my next project.
- What is your favourite medium?
At the moment, it is clay. There is an element of intuition of how I approach life and my work, clay seems to translate that really well because of its’ properties. It’s a tricky medium, you kind of have to give it the love it deserves and communicate with it, otherwise, it gets mad and cracks during the firing process. Haha.
Amy Tong BIO:
Amy Tong is known for her abstract experimentation on possible scenarios. Her work is often a collage of idealised, multi-layered scenarios, expressing the emotional traces from her daily encounters with society. Treading around the realm of truth, rituals, and absurdities, Tong creates textured environments to explore the complexity of human emotions within surrealist settings.
Please visit https://www.amymariat.com/ for Amy’s updates and her work.