Hong Kong artist Eunice Cheung’ exhibition – The Bird Catchers looks at the way human hunt birds. She explores our appreciation of the beauty and freedom birds represent and at the same time criticizes the desire of bird hunters to capture, cage and hunt them. Eunice explores the perception of hunters towards birds, and finds the hunters’ psychology and hunting itself ironic.
Eunice’s curiosity towards birds steamed from a trip to Malaysia where she discovered a Victorian-crowned pigeon that was slowly walking with her at a zoo. This bird had viewed Eunice as a strange type of peacock and was curiously following her. She was intrigued and started to research birds, their biological characteristics, myths and legends about them in art history.
In Chinese traditions, birds are embodied with different auspicious meanings. Despite being the symbols of treasure and freedom, millions of birds continue to be hunted. Eunice through her painting hopes to inspire appreciation of birds for the beauty and freedom birds represent and stop the hunters from hunting birds.
Details:Date: December 18, 2014 – January 10, 2015 Venue: Grotto Fine Art Ltd, 2/F 31C-D Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 21212270