What if you could make your dreams come true? Hong Kong based artist Johnson Tsang did just that with Lucid Dream, a series of porcelain sculptures inspired by his dreams and meditations. Whimsical and Surrealist, his art explores the subconscious and reminds us that our faces are nothing but masks that can be stretched and altered, even commodified, like in his Soul Shopping art piece. Our human exterior is thus nothing but a frail shield, that can be easily smashed or put to a different use.
Tsang is a self-taught artist who works primarily with ceramics. Having served for 13 years as a police officer before taking on art full-time, he has seen some gruesome scenes of violence and disfiguration, which have impacted his view on life and have contributed to his unique art vision. In a 2016 interview, the artist said:
I’ve seen a lot of cases that needed police assistance or enforcement. Most of the time those cases showed the dark side of the city and humanity. What affected me the most were the fatal cases. I saw people being stabbed and killed by gangsters, a 6-year-old girl who was murdered by her maid, an 11-year-old girl who watched her younger brother die under a big tire of a double-decker bus while she was helping her mother to take care of him, and lots of faces of people who lost their lives in fatal car accidents. Today, I would definitely say that my service plays an important role in my creation. At least, I see things differently.
Highly imaginative and provocative, Tsang’s sculptures are masterpieces in capturing the human expression at its finest and offer a gateway to a limitless world, a fluid and ever-changing universe where anything is possible if you just keep an Open Mind.
Tsang is currently working on a second Lucid Dream series. You can stay up to date and follow him here: