I do everything at home. I don’t have a studio because rent is very expensive here in Hong Kong. I
think for me it is very isolated process.
Idea. Sometimes an idea would pop up in my mind – like, all of a sudden, without any reason. And
sometimes, an idea will be lurking in the back of my mind for years, brewing, transforming,
accumulating until I am ready to do something about it. I spend a lot of time in bed, staring into
space or sleeping. Because I believe that, even if I am sleeping, my brain is still working out ideas.
Sometimes I will be drawing randomly and then slowly it will become a project idea. Like, last year,
when I did my exhibition „Berty“, it started with some drawings and then I did research, reading
books and essays and I gathered a lot of ideas about the relationship between body and machine
and I thought, „ok, drawings might not be a very good idea to try to express all these ideas about
human and machine, the body and machine.“ So, I decided to write a book.
So, I came up with a plot and worked with a friend and decided to publish a book about that. And
then I moved on from drawings to animation because when I look at my drawing, I see like gears
turning, ma-chine parts running … so, I thought, „ok, it’s a good excuse to try my hand on animation.“
What I am trying to say is that there is no one single idea that I stick to. There’s this general idea
about something and then the ideas and the image develop simultaneously feeding each other.
I don’t think I would ever be sure that my work is successful. Maybe it looks satisfactory now at this
mo-ment, but two years later, ten years later, I will turn out hating the work. I think I know when a
piece failed for sure. But whether you want to admit that to the public is another matter. It takes a lot
of courage to admit failure.
For me, production is almost like a learning process or an exercise of the brain. It’s a lot about
problem-solving as well rather than inspiration. And it’s a lot of work ‒ again ‒, it’s a lot of research
because I be-lieve in background readings. Because I won’t be confident in going ahead with a piece
of work without sufficient knowledge about the subject matter. And that’s how I want to be
responsible to my audience.