Johnson Tsang is a Chinese sculptor whose works have been exhibited in the United States, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Korea, mainland China and Hong Kong. Tsang has said that he tries to express human nature in his art work, and to do so he employs realist sculptural techniques complemented by surrealist imaginations. He also integrates two elements, “human beings” and “objects,” into creative themes.
Tsang is known for his masterful creations in porcelain, but also focuses on stainless steel sculptures and public art works. He loves to capture the beauty of versatile splashes with his works. Tsang has received numerous awards, including The Secretary for Home Affairs’ Commendation from the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2009 for outstanding achievements in international art events.
He lives in Hong Kong, China.
Tell us about your piece. Can you describe your artistic process? What technique(s) did you use?
This work is made of porcelain. I formed it using a potter’s wheel. I altered the round-shaped pot by hand, gently and slowly. Next, I carved all the details. When it was dry, I applied underglaze to outline the details of the eyes. The work was then fired for 12 hours to 960 °C. After the application of glaze, I fired it again for 14 hours to 1260 °C. After cooling for 30 hours, it was complete.
What is the baby thinking?
He is trying to communicate with the life above the sky, to learn from unlimited boundaries, to search for his dream.
What else about your piece should Star Trek fans know?
My piece was completed in early February 2015, and soon after I was shocked and saddened to learn that the actor who played Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy, had died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. I found his last tweet, posted a few days before he passed, very inspiring: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.” I would like to present this work in memory of Nimoy’s fruitful life. It reminds us to continue looking for a star, searching for dreams.
Can you describe your artistic process in creating this artwork?
Our process was to create imagery that speaks to the iconic quality of the Star Trek series and its vast visual language as well as alludes to the aesthetic of 1960s science fiction.
How would you describe your style in general?
Our style is very graphic and bold. We often incorporate printed textures and handmade elements to communicate a well-worn, lived-in aesthetic.
How is your Star Trek artwork similar to or different from your other works?
There is a consistency, for sure, but the images we’re representing are so unique to Star Trek that it helped us create something all its own.