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Leung, Koon Ming Jakie

Jellyfish
Porcelain, stained porcelain and mixed medium
150 (Diameter) x 250cm
2020
 
Jakie Leung is a well-known, prolific ceramic artist. He was chairman of the Hong Kong Contemporary Ceramic Association from 2003 to 2005 and has held exhibitions in Taiwan, South Korea and Shanghai. Leung completed his Undergraduate and Masters programmes in ceramics in the UK and has been teaching ceramics in the Hong Kong Arts Centre for more than 20 years. He has recently devoted time to ceramic art teaching and he serves as a lecturer in ceramics at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.
 
Artwork Statement
A Pet Memoir
I used to raise a tank of blue jellyfish years ago and was very fond of their softness and amazing colours. In my studio, I often enjoy my down time by staring at them opening and closing, drifting and dancing, as it was very pleasing to the eye. Sometimes they became even more lovely when entangled together by the current of water in the tank. It was a pity that there was a power outage one night, and all of them perished. Now I would go to Goldfish Street whenever I fancy to see some jellyfish.
Man-made pollution has caused global warming, and the ecology of the earth has suffered a lot. Marine life is the first to bear the brunt of it, and there have been mutation as the constant damage. The concept of my work is using materials with various textures and mixed with porcelain pieces, and among them I included parts of my past artwork to reconstruct a jellyfish, showcasing acute changes with the echo of the old and the new.