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WHERE I WORK

WILSON SHIEH

Caroline Chiu

Photographed by Caroline Chiu for ArtAsiaPacific.

From a fifth floor walk-up in Hong Kong's Sheung Wan district, Wilson Shieh's orderly studio looks out on a typical local view: densely packed buildings, high-rises and older 1960s style apartments with laundry hanging out to dry. The structures convey the urban rhythm of Hong Kong itself, the non-stop hustle and hawking that electrify the city.

Known for his ink paintings on silk, done in the gongbi fine-line technique of Ming-dynasty painter Chen Hongshou (1598-1692), Shieh depicts the Southeast Asian Chinese diasporic…

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