Tam Tak Hei is interested in the space that surrounds us, objects that change the atmosphere of it, especially the interactions between space and architectural forms. He tends to use elements of space and architecture to create his works. Putting his interests into practice, instead of creating large scale sculpture, he typically creates smaller objects. To be more specific, he likes to adopt the idea of the “miniature”, objects that captured the essence of forms even in small size. He adopts metalsmithing and jewellery making as his art practice. He considers jewellery as a small space—each piece of jewellery contains a space of its own. He interprets the essence of architecture and adopt the structure and details of certain architectural elements. His works are often miniature and wearable at the same time, thus the context changes when it is being displayed or worn. Using the body as an architectural interface, he addresses the relationship and intimacy between architecture and humankind, making those ornaments of architecture become ornaments of the body and parts of the body silhouette. Reminding us our relationship with the architecture, creating a alternate intimacy between architecture and mankind.
Pipe Form Study
We often neglect certain parts of the architecture when we are being inside of one. By making ornaments of the building become ornaments on the body, extending the interface of the body into the architectural space, an alternate intimacy between architecture and mankind is created.
Signal Tower Study
Brass, enamel on copper, screws and stainless steel wire
He study different kinds of signal towers, analyze their forms and capture the essence. Finding the common characteristics of different signal towers, and what are the most significant form to depict them.
Tribute To Le Corbusier
Brass, epoxy and stainless steel wire
He made a brooch based on the “The Five Points of a Modern Architecture” suggested by Le Corbusier.
Brass, concrete, stainless steel wire and silver findings
Combining concrete and brass, he made a jewellery series of necklace and earrings based on different architectural forms.
Landscape in Shell
Shells, brass and pearl
Shells came from the death of shellfish, they were then washed onshore, and become part of the landscape. Within the landscape, they provide nutrients and nurture new life, and the cycle starts again. He made a jewellery series using shells and pearl, which is jewellery and landscape miniature at the same time.