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Bossini heiress kidnapping

Bossini heiress relives kidnap ordeal in forest for Hong Kong art exhibition inspiration

Queenie Rosita Law says exploring the mountainous woods of Japan and Norway gave her self-discovery and conquest of her darkest memories

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 October, 2016, 6:24pm
UPDATED : Monday, 31 October, 2016, 10:37am

Queenie Rosita Law, scion of the family behind clothing chain Bossini, isn’t fazed by mountainous forests – an environment that may be disturbingly similar to the one in which she was held during her kidnap ordeal last year.

Over the past few months, Law has walked the forests to be found in Japan and Norway. Apart from seeking inspiration for her upcoming artistic exhibition The Forest, it was also a mental exercise.

Reliving scenes in a similar environment time and again, she said, helped her confront and overcome the traumatising memories that once consumed her mind.

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“I gradually came to understand – and I hope to get this message across to everyone – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Law said.

The granddaughter of the late Bossini clothing chain founder Law Ting-pong, was abducted from her home near Clear Water Bay Road at 3am on April 25 last year.

She was held captive in a remote cave for four days before being freed for a ransom of HK$28 million. Though physically unharmed, she told police she constantly feared for her life throughout the experience.

Eight men involved in the crime were later jailed for up to 15 years by a mainland court.

While some may avoid their darkest memories, Law took it differently – she chose to relive them.

Back again in the woods and in a foreign country, her mountain walks conjured up unpleasant experiences, but they transformed as she soldiered on.

“I spent most of the time in the tent, thinking alone,” she told the Post in an interview last week. “I reflected upon so much. It’s almost like a meditation camp.”

I gradually came to understand – and I hope to get this message across to everyone – what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Queenie Rosita Law

“Through nature, I rediscovered myself. It’s about training your mind to control your thoughts.

“When you walk in all those forests in an unknown city, you completely have no idea about the way out. You are surrounded by nothing but trees.”

She now goes deeper into nature to find artistic inspiration. Isolation, once a source of horror and a reminder of death, has become a new approach to life.

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Her artwork reflects her experiences and perspective – one features brush strokes superimposed on a black and white photograph of a forest view in Shosenkyo valley, creating a juxtaposition of reality and creative expression.

“It is amid the quietness of nature that you can hear yourself,” she said.

“You know how to conquer your fear.”

The exhibition, running from November 3 to January 2 next year, will be held at 1/F Cobo House, Shek Tong Tsui.