Joey, Leung Ka-yin

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom

Joey Ka-yin Leung is an artist based out of The People’s Republic of China. Leung combines traditional Chinese painting and popular culture in her works, tying everything together with the use of contemporary writing as she explores and questions the value of tradition in a contemporary world.

Below some of the images are the English translation of Leung’s writings in her work. Most of Leung’s work are fairly large, so click on the images for a closer look!

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom
Time doesn’t tell me how I should spend my time
It’s too harsh for me to live in reality
I would rather live in dreams
Hey, don’t wake me up, please

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom
Human is mere dust within this universe
We move and follow as the wind blows
Naked again is the king
She walks through the city ostentatiously
Visitors question what this for
Citizens tell them not to ask
Only because we can’t resist when fashion comes
Just follow and ask no more
Everybody joins in stripping off
Needless to know whether right or wrong
I follow as long as someone takes the lead
Without knowing your leader is one of deceit

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Temperature is rising continuously
We are like burning in a hot pan
Let’s escape from this place
It’s not for us to live anymore

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom
Man lives in the mountain becomes immortal
Deer on the soil turns only to dust
Hatred is planted in the deer’s heart
It hates that it can only walk on land
Deer wishes to step on the clouds
To find Santa and his crowd
Never mind the rein hooks to its neck
Better be a coolie than turns to dust

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It is neither a donkey nor horse, it must be a mule
You are not muy family or friend, then who are you
No matter which catagory you fall in
And no matter how you look like when you grew up
As long as you have tender meat and crispy skin
Your destiny will rest in the charcoal grill

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Glad that we have met
Kindly tell me about yourself
“I am not materialistic, superficial nor pretentious”
Let me kindly remind you
This world is cynical and shallow
And it is best for you to hurry back to Mars

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom
Taking off my skin
I can see my true self
How can I compare with you?
Honestly, we are actually the same without the skin
Why we bother to compare?

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Please forgive me your majesty
You know I am never late
I mistakenly took the wrong path
And was distracted by a group of jumping fleas
They threw me the sweetest “hello” I have ever heard
I felt headlong into their embrace
Then I lost my way and didn’t know how to find it
That’s the reason why I am late

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom
I turned around on my way
Saw a lady putting on her makeup carefully
No matter how bumpy was the ride
She never put down her lip-gloss and eyebow pencil
I asked what the hurry was
She continued at her job while answering me
“My date with the prince must not be delayed
As I must be home before mid-night”

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom
Why do you offer your kiss
Turning a frog into a man
Human is selfish and stupid
Destroying the nature without a cause
One day this garden covers in cement,
steel and dust
No need to ask what has been done
Your kiss is the origin of this run

art blog - Joey Leung Ka-yin - empty kingdom
Fear not if you plan to eat me
More worries for you cannot digest me
Like a ton of raw pork chop
Finishing you in one bite is a big job

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