Born in Hong Kong and brought up in London, TTS is an artist exploring the emotional depth and contrasts experienced with the arising and ceasing of feelings – “fictionality and trueness”. Drawing from traditional Chinese artistry, there is more than meets the eye with TTS’ pieces, which upon closer examination unveil powerful messaging and meticulous attention to detail.
Inspired by Chinese monochrome glazed porcelain and embossed pattern techniques, TTS integrates ancient aesthetics with contemporary motifs on canvases with simple yet profound colors. Using repetitive layering techniques to build up an array of emotionally driven tactile elements, TTS transforms canvases into contemplative spaces with quiet yet dynamic energy.
By repeating the Chinese Han character 「笑」(smile) to create an original pattern, or the artist’s signature, an upward-downward smiley motif, TTS vividly brings a modern twist to traditional Chinese artistic techniques guiding viewers to reflect on the importance and significance of the emotion of happiness in life despite its frequent fluctuations.