A call to childhood memories can be found in the works of Yeung Wai Sam (Crystal). Her works contain colourful and childlike elements, which represent the childlike-heart. Crystal focuses on making crafts and design, including illustration, photography and ceramics. Adorable and tiny things such as candies and teddy bears are common elements of her works. These colourful elements and childlike patterns bring out the theme of “childhood”.
Crystal thinks that people usually neglect the childlike heart when grew up, and forget simplicity is happiness, including herself. Thus, her artwork recalls the innocent and aims to awake the childlike-heart of the audience. In Crystal’s work, she combines her favourite items and elements with the creations, so the works are reflective of her personal character. Also important to her is the art movement Superflat, which stresses on cartoon-like fancy colours and essentially Japanese. Patterns in Crystal’s work also contain Japanese elements due to inspiration from this movement.
We were all a simple child once, and we felt happy and satisfied while enjoying candies. When we step into adulthood, we only seem to pursue some complicated paradoxes, and usually ignore the simple and initial happiness. Eating the candy today may not achieve the same happiness, but it at least recalls the memories of the time, and reminds us that happiness can be very simple.
Remember the joy of eating candies for the first time?