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Hong Kong artist Lam Laam, Jaffa began her training at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she developed a distinct style in large-scale site-specific installations. Jaffa has attained international acclaim exhibiting in the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Kenya and Bangladesh. She was awarded the Asian Cultural Council’s Desiree and Hans Michael Jebsen Fellowship in 2006, and represented Hong Kong in Japan’s Setouchi Triennale in 2013.
Through her work she explores introspective issues such as local culture, history, society and current affairs. She aims to exemplify the Chinese philosophy of ‘the usefulness of the useless’ in her extensive use of recycled materials including crate wood, old furniture and umbrella fabric.
‘Rejuvenated Bonsai’ is a dedication to Hongkong Land, symbolizing its longevity. In this work Jaffa revitalizes recycled wood, vividly transforming it into a solid tree form, reflecting her respect for the Company’s deep-rooted history and affiliation with the community. The delicate branches reach out with new life, in the way that Hongkong Land continues to lead into the future.
The artist’s values and deep connection to Hong Kong and nature are reflected in this work as all the materials used were sourced and formed locally, some within just a few steps from her studio.