Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Why Hong Kong?

I wanted to go over the wonderful reasons why I picked Hong Kong to do an artist residency. Over the past few years I have looked into doing an artist residency and then finally decided to create my own. I wanted a place that was far away from my small city and to be honest made me a little nervous.  Nervous of the unknown.  I am a creature of habit.  I love my lattes, I love clean socks, and I love having a studio, and I am also probably a little predictable. 
My husband and I have talked about living abroad for quite some time but always seemed more like a far away goal then something with in our fingertips.  As you know, I married a big geek and he has the luxury of telecommuting some of the days... yes working in his yellow Bart Simpson fuzzy slippers from home.   His work also has offices all over the world including parts of Asia, and Europe.  We talked about where we wanted to go for me to create an artist residency and where he could work abroad and our top 3 choices were Hong Kong, Singapore, and Beijing.  Here are some the reasons why we wanted to pick Hong Kong.  Brace yourself some educational facts are approaching! There is a slight chance of a pop quiz later.
1. Hong Kong is a place where east meets west. Hong Kong was a British colony for 156 years and the colonization ended in 1997 and was given back to China. For the next 50 years Hong Kong us under joint declaration with the basic principle of one country two systems. I just love the idea of going to a place where you have such a blend of culture and history from different parts of the world.
 2. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.  The most densly populated place I have been are Athens, Greece and New York City.  I have to say I loved it.  I love being able to stand still and everything moves around you. 
3.  I also have been obsessed with subways and tunnels in my artwork. Over 90% of the population (11 million people) in Hong Kong use public transportation daily.  This is the highest percentage in the world for people using public transportation.  Out of that 11 million people per day, 3.4 million of those people use the subway.  I am not sure what's so magic about subways and tunnels but I can't seem to stop painting them.
4. I am most excited of the unknown, learning all about Asian art.  To be honest, the most Asian influenced art has consisted of a couple of rooms in the Portland Art Museums which is mainly of statues and scrolls of birds and trees.  I want to see modern contemporary Asian influenced art. :)

Happy Tuesday!  I simply can not wait to go. Want to learn more about my Hong Kong Project? Visit here.

19 comments:

Mandy Crandell said...

I'm just so excited for you! I think Hong Kong was a great choice.

red-handed said...

Hong Kong. Hong Kong! This will be AWESOME. I hope you squeeze everything out of it that you possibly can.

Angela said...

Very interesting post!! I did not know any of that! Until I went to Chicago over the Summer, I had never used public transportation. It was so confusing for us but we finally got the hang of it with a couple of days left on our trip... I LOVED riding "The El"

cindy said...

hong kong sounds intense and because it's so different from where you live now, it will really propel you into your work. i can't wait to see what you do there!

Mo Pie, Please said...

I had some coworkers go to Hong Kong for a year to train and open a new branch of our department. They seemed to fit right in and really enjoyed themselves! I'm so excited for you guys!

Felicity said...

I sent you a letter today and in it I asked "why Hong Kong?" You can disregard. ; )

Jenn @ Live Love Life Now! said...

Hong Kong sounds amazing and the perfect place for you to get some incredible inspiration!

You're so lucky that your husband would be able to join you too! What an exciting adventure :)

stace said...

This sounds amazing! I just ran into your blog today and love it!! Best of luck to you. :]

ckscribbles said...

Oh, i am so jealous of your future endeavors but also so happy for you! I hope you keep updating while you are there!

Wasabi Honey Bee said...

I'm so excited for you!! I thought I was being bold grabbing my three kids and planning a cross county trip all by our selves this summer. Yeay for going places!!

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

This is so exciting! HK has that east meets west culture for sure. It has that NY vibe to me and the subway makes getting to places very convenient!

kat said...

I am so excited to find out what inspires you most once you get there!

Marcel said...

Wow, Hong Kong is a great city. Charlotte and I visited there a while back and I'd have to say it’s one of the coolest cities I've ever been to. You and Tim will love it there. You will defintely be inspired by all the sights, sounds, and colors. I'd recommend going to see the big buddha statue on Lantau island while you are there. Happy travels!

Mama Wolf said...

How completely exciting! I too moved abroad to an unknown place to me, two years ago..But I chose the Philippines!

I really enjoyed reading all these facts, and good luck to you!

xoxo mama wolf.

Michelle Brunner said...

Those are awesome reasons for choosing Hong Kong! I am so excited for you! What a cool opportunity for you and your husband to live abroad also!

Dave said...

As I said in the past..you go girl! My youngest daughter, Melissa, has been a world traveler since high school...doing the People to People trips to Europe and Japan. This summer she's off for a work-study in Ireland! I'm so envious and proud of her. Go for it now before "life" gets in the way...

the chirpy bird said...

I lived in Hong Kong for around 6 months and I absolutely adored it! It was so amazing! i lived on Discovery Bay and had an absolute ball!
xxx

Tracey said...

All are excellent reasons to head to Hong Kong.

When it came time for me and the husband to decide on an overseas adventure, we originally thought of places like Europe and London ... but then we thought we'd prefer to live completely outside of our comfort zones and lose ourselves in a place with a completely different culture ... hello Japan! :)

Gillian said...

Check out the film archives for more of Hong Kong's pop history:

http://gillian-chu.blogspot.com/2011/03/collective-memories-hong-kong-film.html