FOK WAI CHUNG CHANTAL
My art focuses on exploring my experience and the nature of religion and culture. I wondered what would happen when Thangka culture met contemporary minds? I am interested in how to maintain the unique nature of Thangka while adding new elements to it, such that its uniqueness is not lost when put under a modern context. I try to sense and feel the philosophy behind Thangka with all symbols set aside. Thus, the very nature of Thangka is what I want to represent. This language is used to reconstruct the poetic world that grasped my heart.

I am deeply inspired by Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy where he says, “Things lived in him for many years. They populated him, they carpeted the furthest recesses of his memory. They were present within him…to pluck these monstrous slithering flowers from his inner depths and render them than to fix their qualities based on minute observations.” Art is not only a record or a result of observation of the world, but a process to reflect and digest.

Chantal Fok Wai Chung is a Master of Art in Fine Arts graduate from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She obtained a Bachelor's degree majoring in Fine Arts from CUHK with First-Class Honours in 2014.
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28 Sep, 2021
10 Chancery Lane Gallery is proud to present our 10th edition of HKForeword, which hosts a selection of new art from Hong Kong from recent university art graduates, both local and overseas. This has been a tumultuous year with Covid-19 spawning just after the momentous year of Hong Kong protests. However, the artists of 2021 are moving forward and getting on with their lives in a noteworthy moment the world over. Here we can see them shine. We are honored to present Chan Ho Wang, Fok Wai Chung Chantal, Florence Yuk Ki Lee, Eugene Lun, Masahiro Nakamura, Anton Poon, Henry Poon, Haynie Sze, Tse Man Hei Aaron, Bonny Wong Hiu Ching and Mufasa Yu.

Since 2012, 10 Chancery Lane Gallery is devoted to offer a first gallery exhibition to emerging Hong Kong artists and support the local artist’s community with the annual HKFOREWORD exhibition. The exhibition encourages fresh art graduates to pursue their career as a practicing artist and provide them the opportunity to connect with both the local and international art community.

Uncertainty was already a part of the lives of these students where Hong Kong’s politics took a historical shift. The further uncertainty of the global pandemic has shaken their lives and the world over. It has been especially tough for this young crop of artists who had to adapt to work from home, online and without proper working space to make their art. It is especially wonderful to see what a strong and resilient group of young people who have continued and created incredible artworks, regardless of their circumstance. The artists in Hong Kong got on with their works and created a strong display of art that encapsulates their preoccupations, angsts, ponderings, reflections, observations and memories of this time in their lives. What is so special about this exhibition of HKForeword is that it is the foreword of what comes next. And what does come next for this generation? Graduating from university and making their first steps on their journey in life continues with unpredictability.

Chosen out of over 50 applicants we are proud to introduce 11 rising stars on the Hong Kong art stage. Artists in the show are recent Bachelor’s or Master’s degree graduates from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University-School of Creative Media, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology co-presented with the Hong Kong Art School, The Academy of Visual Arts at the Hong Kong Baptist University and Australia National University. The diverse group of artists and artworks selected this year include paintings, sculpture, video, prints, new media and installations. The audience is invited to engage with the new crop of creativity, originality and passion from the local art graduates through the exhibition who have struggled to complete their degrees amidst school closures due to Covid-19. We are proud to salute the class of 2021 for their wonderful and outstanding perseverance during a very tough year.