Esther Tam, a 21-year old student, currently studying Visual Arts in Hong Kong Baptist University, mainly works with graphic design and editorial design. Her recent work, AVA unofficial history, was shown in Tai Kwan in the BOOKED: TAI KWUN CONTEMPORARY’S HONG KONG ART BOOK FAIR, 2019. It is a documentary which collected and gathered 60 different pieces of gossips about Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU. The respondents have extensively included AVA teaching staff, administration staff, students, alumni, as well as the neighborhood living in Ping Sek. Her work depicted the elapsed memories and disappearing connection between students, or with the community. Furthermore, she discovered her passion for children with developmental disabilities during her tertiary education life. She tries to use her skills in visual arts and graphic arts to help the special-needs children. By exploring more in the field of visual arts and pediatric therapy, she aims to apply arts and related knowledge in the rehabilitation process.
AVA unofficial history
AVA is an interesting place with lots of legends and stories. Not only because it was a military base, but also is a place where people communicate and interact with each other no matter it is in the past, now or even the future. I have heard endless gossips which are mostly false and unofficial since I entered this place. I try to figure out the relationship between people and the community by communicating and interviewing different people and gathered 60 different pieces of gossips about AVA in my book AVA unofficial history. The respondents have extensively included AVA teaching staff, administration staff, students, alumni, as well as the neighbourhood living in Ping Sek. Most of the stories in the book also depicted the elapsed memories and disappearing connection between students. Those are the living treasures that we might not be able to see them again in the future in the change of time and the newly established rules for AVA.
Public Art Project in Yan Garden – The Lion head plastic model
Mixed medium with plastic, model grassland, sand, and trees
Focusing in how Dongguan people participate in producing product or crafts, our project’s goal is to combine the elements of industry and craft in Dongguan. We believe that public art could increase the interaction between the garden and visitors. It is expected to serve as conservation of history and tradition, to highlight and promote the value and uniqueness of industry and craft in Dongguan in an interactive and playful way.
Art Project with Special Need Kids
When Special need kids engage in art making, it is expected that a specific pattern of interaction between them and me exist. In the first experiment, I spent four weeks and made a few appointments with the 4-years-old twin sisters, both diagnosed with moderate Autism. I wondered how can I interact and teach Autism kids in the best way I can do. In the second experiment, I used three weeks of time to meet with 30 kids and I held a one-time workshop with them. In the workshop, they had to do a self portrait, each kid was provided with an A3 paper and some crayons and there were no rules for this task. I would like to know their artistic characteristic, their passion towards art or drawing and their understanding of art making.