LI Pak Huen, Esther
李柏萱

LI Pak Huen, Esther's art practice focuses on daily life and her sentiments. She mainly gets inspirations from everyday life, as she is curious about the delights and possibilities from ordinary matters. In addition, expressing her strong emotions is also one of the reasons she makes art. Apart from illustration, she is also interested in drawing, painting, printmaking, and animation.

Recently, LI is attempting to make large-scale artworks in order to expand the scope of her works.

李柏萱的創作主要與日常生活和自己的情感有關。她喜歡觀察生活裏平淡的事物,從中發掘有趣之處及可能性。此外,抒發她內裏的強烈情感都是驅使她創作的原因之一。除了插畫外,她還熱衷於塑膠彩畫、版畫以及動畫等等。

李柏萱最近開始嘗試較大比例的藝術創作,以繼續擴展創作的深度和廣度。

Elephant and me in the room
房間裏的我,以及大象

Pencil on paper
紙本鉛筆

Dimensions variable
尺寸可變

'Until the room collapsed, I realised that the elephant and I did not belong to this room from the very beginning.'

Elephant and me in the room is about LI's experience of growing up from a teenager to an adult. She has tried to fit in with others, but failed because of her unchanging personality, which is stubborn and difficult to be understood. The term 'elephant in the room' means an obvious problem that is being ignored by the majority. The elephant implies a challenging problem, at the same time, it is the artist herself. When the elephant and LI leaves the room, they have escaped from being defined as 'trouble makers'. They have been set free only when they go out of the limited space.

「直至房間容不下大象,我才發現,大象和我從來都不屬於這個空間。」

《房間裏的我,以及大象》是李柏萱自身由青少年長成大人的寫照。她曾渴望融入群體,最後因藝術家的頑固、難理解的性格,而徒勞無功。英文諺語「房間裏的大象」指的是明顯存在、但因着不同原因而被忽視和迴避討論的問題。「大象」可以是令人無奈和卻步的難題,也可以是創作者本身。然而,當「大象」和李柏萱離開房間時,她們便能重獲自由,不再被定義為「麻煩製造者」。離開舊有的模式是李柏萱和大象唯一的出路,儘管不確定未來會遇見甚麼,但至少李柏萱和大象會真正地成為自己。