In Angela Yuen’s installations, she constructs miniature skylines assembled from small locally manufactured objects which she collects. These old plastic toys and stationery represent a significant era of the golden heyday of Hong Kong’s manufacturing industries in the 1950s and 60s. The artist sources these ready-made objects, such as hair rollers, yellow rubber ducks, and plastic stationery, from local family-owned stores to build a Hong Kong cityscape and projects light through the rotating artwork. Each object is a symbolic representation of an era, a miniature of our urban landscape, and a historical record of the devotion and perseverance of a certain generation in Hong Kong.
Angela Yuen was born in Hong Kong in 1991. She graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2014 and went to Linfield College in the U.S. for an exchange program in 2013 to develop her installation art and received the Dean’s List Honours. In 2016, she had her artist in residency at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing. Her works have been shown in Hong Kong, Beijing and Australia ; collected by Hotel Stage Hong Kong, IFC Isola and Niagara Gallery Australia, and private collections.