|28/02/19 - 10/03/19
the final exhibition of our current programme, OUTPUT is excited to
welcome Liverpool artist Gina Tsang (b.1981) to the gallery. In her
show ‘Fine Heart,’ Tsang is presenting a two-channel video installation
utilising footage from a recent visit to China and Hong Kong. The video
features old family and found photographs. She layers her own
experience with her Chinese family’s, considering meaning, art and
beauty in the new piece in an intuitive approach.
practice, Tsang creates large-scale installations and video collages
based on themes of belonging, transformation and contrast. The artist
was awarded this solo exhibition for her 2018 MA degree show
‘Reproduction’ at Liverpool John Moores University, where she received
a travel grant from the Susan Cotton Family to both research and
produce the work in ‘Fine Heart.’
|How did you get into studying and making art?
Dad taught me how to paint by copying van Goghs on the doors and walls
of our house. When I was studying Philosophy in London in my mid 20s, I
applied for a part-time Art Foundation at Camberwell College. I craved
doing something more creative than academia so I left London, moved
back home to Liverpool and fell into being a chef/baker. I found a
creative community here whilst working at Mello Mello and spending time
at the Kazimier around 2010 onwards. I saw an article in the Double
Negative about the MA Fine Art course at LJMU. I put in half an
application. I don’t mind so much that I’ve come to being an ‘Artist’
later on in my life – I wouldn’t have had the confidence or experience
to pursue it seriously when I was younger.
What was your experience of China like?
grandad was Chinese (from Hong Kong) and my father was half Chinese so
I’d grown up with a lot of Chinese culture and traditions at home. I
wanted to meet family and connect with that part of my heritage. I
naively thought I’d be able to wing it and get by. I didn’t. There’s
something very calming about not being able to understand anything –
almost like being a child or like I’d imagine all those abstract
expressionists learnt to see the world. Just a flurry of movement and
What do you think the UK could learn from the art scenes in China and Hong Kong?
a growing movement of disused buildings being turned into art spaces. I
went to a few galleries that were converted housing blocks (such as the
Jockey Club). These felt so ideal, with open studios, artist run shops
and events; properly inhabited and used by the artists. I sort of broke
into lots of art schools as well in each city, and what really struck
me was the learned craftmanship of students (and teachers) there.
Schools were neatly divided into calligraphy, print-making, oil
painting etc. It was clear that traditional techniques are still the
basis of an art education in China. I know it’s been widely discussed,
but I wonder if there’s still a place for such training in UK art
schools (even if only an option). I remember when I was in Camberwell
there was a petition from students to be actually taught how to use
paints on the painting BA.