Bethia TAM primarily works with ceramics. For her, ceramics is an art form full of surprises which helps her to embrace the unexpected ups and downs in life. She is keen on exploring the possibilities of combining various materials with clay and glaze. Traces of nature, subtle things in everyday lives and religion are always found in her art.
The Forgotten Ones
9.7 × 7.7 × 5 cm
We shall not forget the past. The Forgotten Ones is a piece echoing the anti-extradition law amendment bill movement and the pro-democratic movement in Hong Kong in 2019. As the protests went on, more “suicide” cases were discovered, however, people thought they were actually being murdered instead. The graphic used was found from propaganda during the movement. The falling gesture reminded us of those suspicious cases since most of the dead bodies were found in the sea or regarded as jumping off from a building. Furthermore, as the cup is used to drink, when it was filled with liquid, people could not see the graphic. However, after finishing it, the graphic reappeared. As if to remind people that the truth was still being covered up and that they were waiting for vindication. Also, to a lot of people, enjoying a cup of coffee or tea is an everyday habit. Each time when people drink, the appearance of graphics reminds us of this piece of important history of Hong Kong.