With a long fascination of all things local, Yuen uses ready-made objects and manufactured plastic toys to create playful three-dimensional sculptures that cast colored shadows resembling the Hong Kong skyline. This practice has become the of her artistic creation since 2014. In her first major solo exhibition, Yuen continues to explore elements that represents Hong Kong’s culture: ice-cream street vendor, rickshaw, sampan boat and the demolished Queen’s pier can be seen on Yuen’s new wall hanging pieces. Like a still frame from an old Hong Kong movie, her work brings audiences back in time to witness some of the faded yet most significant cultural elements of Hong Kong. Her works are cheerful with a sense of playfulness, incorporating old-fashioned plastic objects such as plastic rulers, stencils, hair curlers, toy soldiers, rubber ducks, capsule toys, tea party sets and floral beads that occupied the surface. When strategically placed lights are shined, thereby transforming these ready-made objects into imaginative silhouette stories. Every object is carefully choreographed, combining shadows to produce unexpected results.
Angela Yuen was born in Hong Kong in 1991. She graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University in 2014 and participated in a Beijing artist in residence program in 2016. The Lost Time Travel Machine is Yuen’s first major solo exhibition, and she has participated in many joint exhibitions in Hong Kong, Beijing and Australia since 2013. Her works are part of the public and private collections in Hong Kong, China and Australia.