Con­nie “Maoshan” Yuen

“Sai Ying Pun” (2015)

HK Magazine - - COVER STORY -

Yuen’s maps de­pict a whim­si­cal city. Her draw­ings were fea­tured in Christo­pher Doyle’s “Hong Kong Tril­ogy.”

HK Magazine: How did you start il­lus­trat­ing the city?

Con­nie Yuen: When I first got back here af­ter uni­ver­sity in the UK, I started wan­der­ing in dif­fer­ent dis­tricts and I re­al­ized that there’s so much more than just shop­ping malls. There are places full of his­tory that was not taught in schools in Hong Kong.

HK: What part of Hong Kong do you want to show?

CY: I por­tray Hong Kong through maps and pic­ture books, and I al­ways try to draw peo­ple—be­cause most of the time, it’s not just the place that is pretty. It’s the peo­ple liv­ing and breath­ing in the space, mold­ing the phys­i­cal world, that makes it in­ter­est­ing.

HK: What story do you want to tell through your art?

CY: Hong Kong is unique in many ways: The trees we have, the ap­pear­ance of the shops, our cul­ture… they are all unique to Hong Kong, and I re­ally hope that more peo­ple will ap­pre­ci­ate our sur­round­ings. I guess I sub­con­sciously try to con­serve cul­ture through sketch­ing or il­lus­tra­tion, as I’m se­cretly wor­ried that it will all be gone some day.

Check out Con­nie’s il­lus­tra­tions at maoshanc.com or face­book.com/deartreehk.

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