Elephant in Castle
LEE Yuk Ki Florence
Animation 4 minutes 46 seconds
Elephant in the Castle is a 2D digital animation, using a hand-drawn frame-by-frame process to create subtle abstract narratives. The work is created within the context of two strange years, 2019 and 2020. The work expresses a constant change within the artist’s inner world, to express the emotional, aesthetic, and tactile responses that she has to Hong Kong, the city where she grew up. Stepping into a new decade, the world is coming to an unprecedented and critical moment in history. The work could be a reflection on contemporary political and social shifts conveyed by my sentimental responses to the personal stories and the events/incidents that took place in the city.
She was inspired by the research topic and artworks relating to Topophilia. Topophilia, terms from Greek topos “place” and -philia, “love of”, is a “strong sense of place, which often becomes mixed with the sense of cultural identity among certain people and a love of certain aspects of such a place.” People in a city might come from different places originally, but they all form their own paths of connectivity and responses to the places we inhabit, and even to the particular site that they pass through occasionally.
LEE Yuk Ki Florence
LEE Yuk Ki Florence is an animation artist, graphic designer and co-founder of Hong Kong artist-led publishing studio No Reason Studio. She was born and raised in Hong Kong. She received her BA in Graphic Design (Moving image specialism) from Central Saint Martins in London, and currently doing her MFA at the School of Creative Media. Her creative practices include animation art, moving image, visual poetry and visual communication design. She loves to explore the extraordinariness in the ordinary objects of a city. Her work expresses the emotional, aesthetic and sentimental responses that she has to different places/cities where she used to live in.