Artists explore the dark side of mushrooms

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 November, 2011, 12:00am

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Mushrooms made of paper, ceramics and clay adorned part of the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kip Mei last weekend and will do so again next weekend as part of an exhibition titled The Meaty Mushroom, by local artists Ophelia Kwong and Man Tin.

Kwong, a freelance artist with a multicultural background, says she's fixated on mushrooms because they represent the darker side of human emotion.

'I grew up in the UK, very close to nature, and now I live in a big city like Hong Kong, I think part of me misses my childhood, so organic things appeal to me,' she said.

Kwong, who cites American painter Georgia O'Keeffe as an influence, said the partnership with fellow artist Man was a show of contrast.

Man's creation, 'Meaty', is a Hello Kitty-inspired figurine that serves as his social commentary on Hong Kong and its pop culture obsessiveness.