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Christie

Christie is an aspiring illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. She is an enthusiast of artistic anatomy and children's books. She studied animation at Sheridan College and then illustration at OCAD University, Toronto.

Biography - Christie

Christie is an aspiring illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. She is an enthusiast of artistic anatomy and children's books. She studied animation at Sheridan College and then illustration at OCAD University, Toronto.

 

In 2015, upon her graduation year at OCAD University, her final year project "I Don't Like My Grandpa" earned her an acclaimed amount of likes and shares on Facebook. Then she held an art show "I Don't Like My Grandpa - Home Return" for the series in Hong Kong the following year.

 

Currently, Christie is busy working on her brand, "NoBrainBear" and will soon debut her very first series of the collection in 2023. 

Artist Statement - Christie

“I Don’t Like My Grandpa”

Tells the tale of a Hong Kong little girl living with her controlling grandfather from mainland China.

 

I Don’t Like My Grandpa is an editorial piece that is heavily based on Hong Kong politics and the popular culture of Hong Kong. 

In 1997, Hong Kong got handed over to China from being a British Colony, due to cultural and political differences, the conflicts between Mainlanders and Hong Kongers have been increasing at a furious pace in the city. “Both of the same root, why torment each other so cruelly,” is a saying from a Chinese poet originating in The Three Kingdoms Period. It means three siblings fight to destroy one another. Such a saying is being applied to today’s situation of China and Hong Kong. But because of the different international status of Hong Kong and China, the historical background of the idiom does not fully match the situation between Hong Kong and China since China is a country and Hong Kong is only a city. 

Hong Kongers and Mainlanders are both recognized as Chinese to most foreigners, but only they know there is a huge gap between them and this gap causes a lot of fights. Foreigners may not understand the causes of these fights but may think of it as some form of prejudice from both sides.  In my thesis, I Don’t Like My Grandpa explores the political relationship between Hong Kong and China through personification in a cheerful, lighthearted way. As China is a country and Hong Kong is only a city, they are represented as the controlling grandfather and the helpless little granddaughter respectively.

Artwork Shown in this Exhibition

In this ​The Fade of Human Rights: From Hong Kong to the World - Visual Art Exhibition, Christie's artwork has the following title:

I Don’t Like My Grandpa