Margaret Kwok Fan Yeung 楊國芬
Margaret Yeung is a Chinese landscape painter and Chinese landscape sculptor, working and residing in Hong Kong. Like many Hong Kong artists, she grew up with a largely western education and a knowledge of both western art and Chinese painting.
She interprets the idea of “hybridity” in her paintings and 3D works through
the use of both traditional Chinese brush & ink, with the modern tools and materials, so as to combine ancient and contemporary thoughts, cultivating a hybrid form of Chinese art.
Under this concept, Yeung has developed two art forms.
First of all is her painting. She likes painting the aerial landscapes, which may be the scenes from the Google Maps, or the International Space Station, together with some Hong Kong “Textspeak” vaguely shown, so as to point out how technology can change people's understanding of landscapes. She also likes generating ink images by computer software, expressing Hong Kong’s distinctive blending or integration of eastern and western culture in both its spoken and written language.
Secondly, her sculpture. By making use of up-cycle industrial materials such as copper wire with completely natural materials such as dead trunk, an ancient tranquil, poetic and lush landscape with trees reappears lively. It is a 3D way to visualize the hybridity of traditional landscape painting theory and the concept of contemporary environmental protection.
Yeung’s painting and sculpture are both an object and a metaphor, demonstrating the new natural cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. With a whole new approach to the Chinese philosophy of Heaven and Man, she directly responds to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences as a starting point. Moreover, her works celebrate the hybrid state and metaphorically comment on the demands of cultural assimilation.