interviewer Shania Parker
Does your art represent something about you?
In every way. The reason I call myself LOK. is due to the Chinese sentiment, it translates as honesty and promise—my craft is based on the premise of integrity. I promise to say the truth, I think that’s at the core of art, truthfulness. The key ingredient: figure out what’s important to you; and being truthful is inspired within that. My art is comparable to a documentary, it’s a collation of my journey and thoughts. Sometimes, when I create statement artwork, I create smaller pieces too, and those fragments embolden my appreciations for the little things.
What’s your artistic process?
It all varies, you can get ideas everywhere, at any time, your surroundings are your inspirations. I find that engaging with new and eccentric people is an effective stimulus. When creating conversations, making observations and witnessing social movements, ideas spring erratically and fruitfully. There are many different aspects, but when it arrives, it’s the best of feelings. Akin to an orgasm—It’s amazing when it cums.
How does your work comment on current social or political issues?
Art is a form of response. And my response, here, relates to Hong Kong, which is my hometown. I have found it very hard to see my home collapse from afar, and my only method of coping is through creation. The thought of my home crumbling makes that creation hard at times. Although, my art is like a string connected to my homeland, it helps me feel closer—like I can physically be in Hong Kong—and through that I walk down many roads of inspiration. Nonetheless, one thing I find challenging is that I have very limited information and sources to create something that’s going to stimulate discussion. We, as artist, want to be seen and we want to be heard. In terms of political, I may not have a significant impact, but as long as I create something, I create a space for discussion—not necessarily speaking of Hong Kong, but other countries that are gravely suffering. I want to build a space where people can mourn their homes and be aware of world affairs through a truthful lens.
What does your work aim to say?
When you have a voice, use it.