Connie “Maoshan” Yuen
“Sai Ying Pun” (2015)
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.