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Eddie Botha: Emotional Emoji, 2019


A violin contains the expectations of grassroots parents for their children, hoping that they can break the fate of intergenerational poverty.

The 13-year-old Ka-yi, and her brother and mother were forced to live in the narrow sub-district of Tai Kok Tsui. They had no personal space for each other. The three slept in a functional combination of bed. Ka-yi slept on the upper by herself, while her brother and mother slept on the lower. In night, the two brothers and sisters will wake up from nightmares from time to time, all because of the dark experience of domestic violence in their childhood, and the slowness of healing in their minds.

With the assistance and help of social workers, Ka-yi was given the opportunity to learn violin for four years from the Music Children’s Foundation. The teacher found-out that she doesn’t seem to be happy but since Ka-yi learned the violin, she feels confident with her skill, and take the initiative to show off when she learn a new songs. In addition to being more confident, her mother believes that learning the violin at the center makes her has more friends and is the reason why her daughter is more cheerful.

Australia based artist Eddie Botha @eddiebotha through this work – Emotional Emoji, in order to bring art and joy to the grassroots citizens, to promote social integration, and to achieve the goal of caring for the disadvantaged groups.

Source: https://www.hk01.com/%E8%A6%AA%E5%AD%90/447522/%E6%88%91%E5%AE%B6%E5%AD%A9%E5%AD%90%E4%B8%8D%E4%B8%80%E6%A8%A3-%E5%8A%8F%E6%88%BF%E5%A5%B3%E5%AD%A9%E7%8D%B2%E5%AD%B8%E6%A8%82%E5%99%A8%E6%A9%9F%E6%9C%83-%E7%8F%8D%E6%83%9C%E7%95%B6%E4%B8%8B%E6%93%BA%E8%84%AB%E5%AE%B6%E6%9A%B4%E9%99%B0%E9%9C%BE

Image Credit: @hk01_hk


Courtesy of the artist – Eddie Botha; Emotional Emoji, 2019; Indian ink on mixed media composite board; 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (100 x 100 cm.)






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