Art encompasses aesthetics, emotions, issues, a journey through time, and a means to express oneself. Because it encompasses so much, I am compelled to continue exploring and experiencing more and to strive to create more.
My journey with art has been a rollercoaster ride, from despising it to adoring it.
Fortunately, I was able to integrate my art creations with my balloon work, which helped me develop my career in balloon art. I have participated in worldwide competitions, won championships, published a book on balloon crafts, performed in theatres, and appeared on radio, TV, newspapers, and magazines to promote balloon art.
However, after experiencing the social movement in Hong Kong, I came to the realization that I had never spoken up for myself. I had been solely focused on working for customers and for survival.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, my career took a downturn. It was during this period that I began creating my own balloon artwork. However, I realised that I lacked knowledge about art, so I decided to take art courses to gain further exposure to different mediums, skills, and knowledge. Through this process, I began to create my own works, which was a first for me, and use them to express myself.
Before leaving Hong Kong, I held a solo exhibition, and after arriving in the UK, I displayed my paintings in the market. Whenever viewers saw my paintings, they were moved, whether by feelings of joy, darkness, or complex emotions. This emotional connection is something I had never experienced before in my balloon business. It’s a feeling akin to the movie ET, where the ET touches the boy’s finger. It’s truly wonderful and unique.
Through my paintings, I hope to encourage everyone to never give up on themselves and to strive to work hard in the right direction.