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Ovum – A reminder that we are all part of mother nature

The essence of patience and its mark on the journey of life is felt through healing that comes form suffering, as one cannot exist without the other

Johnston Tsang transforms the porcelain egg, a statue of significance, into an egg-shaped bed of mud, roots and rock for the bonsai that emerges though the soil of life. To Tsang, love is at the root of emotions, including those perceived to be negative, such as fear. In the ongoing ‘Ovum’ (egg) series, a new interpretation take shape through the hands of the sculptor himself. Connected to the serenity in struggle, we are alleviated though the transformation of the egg-shaped porcelain urn that has now been replaced by soil in the shape of an egg with life emerging through it. This is a depiction of the realm within which nature acts as a metaphor for birth as a reminder that we are all a part of it.

«It seems that we are having a long winter in 2020. Let’s learn from trees, rocks, or our Mother Nature. There is nothing that can not be healed in nature. We just need to remember we are all part of our Mother Nature. There is nothing that is actually harming our soul. So take this chance to rest, relax, forgive, and love. Then naturally, we will all be healed».

JOHNSON TSANG OVUM. PH. GIDEON DE KOCK
JOHNSON TSANG, OVUM. PH. GIDEON DE KOCK

Sculpting is the language in which Johnston Tsang communicates his observations of the world. Born in Hong Kong in 1960, Tsang pays attention to his craftsmanship, ensuring that a piece captures the vision he held prior to its creation. Drawing since the age of 4, the desire to sculpt his vision arose from his practice of drawing as he always saw the world in 3D. With an imagination that captivates the very child in you,thought provoking workmanship is produced through mediums such as ceramic and porcelain, occasionally incorporating stainless steel and other materials into his pieces. His works pose questions rather than provide answers. The common denominator in his labour is the theme of love. He concentrates on the relationships among things, between humans and the things around them. Having worked in the Royal Police Force for 13 years, Tsang observed fatal cases that left an imprint on him, claiming his time spent at the police force has helped attribute to his work and creations. 

His most recent work was debued at an Australian solo exhibition, Little World, which was held at Beinart Gallery in May 2019. Tsang has won awards for his work, including the grand prize in the 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, a prize in the Korea Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale 2011 international competition, and a workmanship award in the Tea Ware by Hong Kong Potters Competition in 2007, among others. He also received The Secretary for Home Affairs’ Commendation from the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2009 for his outstanding achievements in international art events.

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