At one point in my life I really don’t like to be called an artist or I refuse to call myself an artist. I
would just say that I make art. And some of my friends really resent it because it’s like I am denying
what I do.
I just find it hard to relate to this term. I just like to create art and do what I like to do. But at this point
of my life, when somebody asks me what I do, I would probably say, „I am an artist,“ but in that I
would refer to me as a professional artist ‒ meaning that I function within the art system.
What is my position in the art world? I tend not to think about it so often because it would be very
depressing and I don’t think it’s a healthy way to think about your own self in the art world.
Another reason why I don’t want to think about my position is that probably I really haven’t made it. I
haven’t achieved any significant status in the global art world. And that’s why. It’s easier said than
done. I mean, once in a while you will probably google yourself and see what kind of images are
there on Google Image.
I think this is all about the romantic idea of being an artist. Like in school, I would think that „oh, ok,
being an artist I would have an important role in society, I would critique this system, I would try to
change art … change the world with art.“ But as I grew up, I don’t think this is going to happen
because ultimately, being an artist is about self-expression without being self-indulgent ‒ or this is
the way I look at it. And I think art is very ambiguous. It really cannot mobilize anybody. So, I think an
artist is pretty useless in this sense. (laughs) An artist is pretty useless.
It is a job. It’s a lot of hard work. Actually, I believe in art, romantically. Or naively. But then I sort of
resist that in a way and try to focus it and take it as a job. But I know deep down inside I don’t.
All artists need to make a living and we need a stable income unless I really sell a lot. When I was in
school I thought, „I can be a waitress all my life and do art in my spare time“. And this very Bohemian
kind of lifestyle. But in reality, it doesn’t work out that way and as you grow older, you really don’t
want to be a bar tender or a waitress, especially in Hong Kong.
I usually work alone. It depends on what I am doing. If i do my embroidery or drawing, I work by
But in recent years, I have collaborated with more people: Last year, I co-wrote a book with a friend
of mine. It’s science fiction, it’s a novel and it got published.
Although these partners offer interesting professional opinion that benefit the projects. But
ultimately, I will think I am the author and they are there to realize what I specifically want.