A bizarre feeling suddenly came over me while I was in search of the gallery. I wondered why was the street lined with only butcher shops and grocery shops? This tiny gallery is nestled in a vibrant wet market. The contrast between the unforgiving white color on the gallery wall and the buzz of the wet market is magnificent. However, one can not deny the strange set up is a unique complement to the paintings on exhibit and adds a whimsical touch to the atmosphere.
每一次看Vivian的作品，都能找到一種親切的共鳴感，由內容到命題，都是非常的「貼地」。「我習慣一邊畫畫一邊聽電台，電台大部分時間都是播廣東歌、說當下香港發生的人與事，所以我絕對是由香港的流行文化養大。」早年的畫展，她以王家衛的經典電影對白、廣東歌歌詞為主題，今次她用了香港人熟悉的金句。「『剎那光輝不是永恆』（Forever is a lie, always ）這句說話充滿智慧、哲理，因為世上無論是好與不好的人和事都不過是暫時，沒有永恆不變。既然如此，不如把這美好的𣊬間畫下來，或許能讓它們停留久一點。」好的內容也要有出色的包裝來配合，Vivian說有好的命題才是對作品負責的表現，「我不少插畫都以『食字』來命題，因為畫和題必須呼應、互動，這樣才能令人對作品留下深刻印象。」
One can easily associate with Vivian’s works even at the first encounter. The content and theme of her artworks are so down-to-earth that can resonate with Hong Kong people extraordinarily well. “I love listening to the radio when I paint. So I have been pretty much surrounded by Canton-pop and programs about current affairs during my creative process. It is fair to say I got raised by Hong Kong pop culture.” Her early works tend to adapt classic lines from Wong Kar-wai’s films or lyrics from Canton-pop songs. This time, she is getting her paintbrush on the popular quotes in her local culture. “I found lots of wisdom and wit in the popular quote ‘Forever is a lie, always’. Things and people are constantly changing; be it good or bad, everything just lives temporarily. So why don’t we capture the best moments on paintings so as to make them last longer?” Fine ideas need the complement of a brilliant way of presentation. As an artist, Vivian sees it as her responsibility to give the artworks a nice title that can help to complete the whole idea. “Many of my illustrations are themed by puns. Having a theme that interacts with the illustration is the way to leave a deep impression.”
Vivian mostly draws people you see in everyday life or familiar streets and objects seen in Hong Kong. Most of the paintings exhibited this time illustrate nameless figures whose faces are even not visible sometimes. “Whenever I see people look up to the sky, I wonder what exactly do they see? I would try to picture the images that conjure up in their minds. So is the girl on the Star Ferry seeing a lotus pool animated by carps or a triathlon athlete swimming in a rough sea? It is kind of challenging to seek remarkable elements in everyday life, but this is what keeps me from getting bored.” As a budding young artist, Vivian never shies away from her down-to-earth character. “There are plenty of skillful painters in this world, but the creative concept is still the most essential element in any artwork. I never bother to tell complex philosophical ideas. Instead, I would blend Hong Kong pop culture into my work to express my thoughts. I try to provide an intimate perspective to look at mundanity in order to echo with my audience.”