The Life Forces of Lie Fhung

Posted on 02 Oktober 2017

GOODSZINE had the pleasure to chat with Lie Fhung, a Hong Kong based artist who was born and raised in Indonesia. Her exhibition “Life Force” is currently displayed at Dia.Lo.Gue until October 8, 2017.

Tell us about yourself.
I sometimes call myself a maker because I love to make things. I don’t limit myself, whenever I find something interesting, I just do it. Everything that I do, most of them are self-taught. Right now I’m working part-time for an art gallery in Hong Kong and I also like to make jewelries.

Have you always been inclined towards art?
Yes, ever since I was very young. I started to draw the moment I learned how to use pencils. At the beginning of new school year, my mother would buy one gross of blank notebooks at Pasar Pagi Mangga Dua for me. I used up those 144 notebooks within a year. I also participated in drawing competitions for children and I often won. So after I graduated from highschool, I studied fine art by default. I was going to study painting at Institut Teknologi Bandung, but ended up studying ceramic because I felt that I had to learn something completely new.

What medium you use the most in your artworks?
The most consistent material I use is porcelain. I’m attracted to porcelain because it could made very thin and when it’s thin it becomes translucent. And since 2005 I started to use wire and copper.

What is the story behind Life Force exhibition?
Like most of my work, the origin is based on my personal experience. Life Force about the struggle between life force and death wise. Life is both fragile and strong. I discovered that the key is balance. The dark side and the light side, death and life, is all actually a part of one entity, they’re not separate. There is no light without darkness, there is no life without death. And even if something might be seen as destructive or negative there’s always some kind of life seeds within. Take example from simple daily occurrence like trees. The leaves dried then they fall to the ground, they became compost. So although they’ve died and seemingly lifeless, they actually nurture new life to grow.

Do you have a recurring theme that often appears in your artworks?
I love wings. They often appear in my works but not always. For me, wings represents freedom and independence. Without freedom and independence, then I cannot do what I want to do. It’s important to live my life the way I feel is right for me. They may not be right for other people, but as long as I’m not harming others, it’s okay.

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