I’m currently living at K11 ARTUS, the design-led artisanal residence along the harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui, creating art inspired by the space.
Needless to say, the space is inspiring. I’m used to living out in the New Territories where you have to take a walk to take a bus to take an MTR to get anywhere. Now I can literally hop in an elevator and be in a library, a café, a salon, an art museum… and I honestly never want to leave my room because that in itself is amazing.
This residency kicked off in a flurry with very little promo, so when I started posting Instagram stories at ARTUS, I got a few bewildered questions about my new chapter. Therefore, I thought I’d do a little Q&A this week on the blog…
What is an artist-in-residence?
It’s pretty much what it sounds like. I’m an artist and I’m living as a guest at ARTUS's residences. During my stay, it’s my job to make ARTUS-inspired art, which they then get to keep — my gift to them for a once-in-a-lifetime gig.
How did you get the gig?
K11 ARTUS's general manager’s assistant emailed me through my website. She told me that she had been browsing hashtags on Instagram one Sunday morning and my Hong Kongers appeared in one of her searches. She clicked through to my Instagram page, then my website, had a scroll through my Hong Kongers, and reached out. We were laughing when we signed on the dotted line about how random (for her) and lucky (for me) this whole arrangement was. I literally woke up one Sunday morning to an email from K11 ARTUS! I wasn’t sure if it was real!