Apr 13, 2015
End Of An Era
Right smack in the middle of the fancy part of The Kong lives a very old outdoor market. Tucked into the streets and alleyways next to Gucci and Prada are 100 year old butcher shops, fish markets and vegetable vendors. The whole thing is very crazy looking and makeshift but it is also quite visually amazing. Butchers carve up meat right on the street as trucks and taxis squeeze by a foot away. The buildings above the market stalls seem ancient and beautifully haphazard. It is unlike anything I've ever seen in any other city in the world. As I drew, the old ladies kept stopping by to see what I was up too and chat with me. I'm an old lady magnet. Each one told me that I was capturing a bygone way of life in Hong Kong. They would get very nostalgic and tell me about when they were little girls roaming these very streets, riding their bikes everywhere without a care. They knew everyone and everyone knew them. After a few days of this, someone finally told me the reason everyone was loving my paintings. The entire market was being shut down for good the day that I was leaving. I was shocked by that bit of news. That was why Chinese TV was interviewing me after seeing my drawings. I will be posting more about the markets and the people there in the coming days. Sections of it had already come down. There was a large construction site butting right up against the market. Huge cranes were pounding massive girders into the bedrock. As I drew, I was physically jumping up and down out of my stool with each pounding. I felt like Godzilla was destroying a big section of the city and its people. Anyway you are not just looking at a painting of a butcher shop. You are seeing the end of a way of life. Next time I am in Hong Kong and go to this street and sit to draw in the same spot, you will see a nice painting of a new Louis Vuitton store.