01/10/2019 – 31/10/2019
12pm – 08pm
Europa Tea Foundry, The Mills
香城琥魄 The Soul of Amber 2019
Hong Kong’s “Cat in the Shop” culture is rich in historical significance and well-known. But because of accelerated pace of reconstruction in recent years, many old communities and their local culture have gradually disappeared. Instead, they are replaced by commercial buildings with glass walls, high-end shops and luxury apartments. Many years ago, Marcel Heijnen, a photographer from the Netherlands, came to film a series about cats living in shops in Hong Kong. This gave inspiration to LittleJade to visit 12 old shops with cats in the older districts, hoping to record this significant local culture using pen and paper with marvelous colour.
A friend asked LittleJade why she wants to paint old shops and cats. The reason is that LittleJade just loves cats very much. She just loves old things blessed with warm feelings and loves visiting old communities and especially old shops. Once upon a time, she walked into an old medicine store to buy things. The store has a pair of lovely cats, coupled with a very enthusiastic old shopkeeper. This kind of cat-linked community has made people very touching for a long time and so the idea of painting cat in the shop appears naturally in her mind and remains still today.
小仙玉以琥魄 (琥珀) 比喻瑰麗的貓眼,也代表珍貴,店貓文化確是城中瑰寶,貓咪更是人們心目中的寶貝。而以「魄」一字更能代表那份香港精神與情懷。店、貓與社區就如「琥+魄」二字,以一種微妙關係彼此交疊。
About the naming of “The Soul of Amber”：
“The Soul of Amber” is more representative of the spirit and sentiment of Hong Kong. LittleJade associates the precious cat’s eye with Amber, which also represents preciousness. The cat in the shop culture is indeed a treasure in the city of Hong Kong, and the cat is the treasure of people. Shops, cats and communities are interweaving each other in a very subtle and precious relationship.