My practice investigates concepts of cultural transition and personal identity. My Sculpture uses complex geometric shapes and multi-angled forms to open a dialogue about different cultures and peoples.
I have developed this theme from my experience as a person who lives with an almost dual identity, which comes from a connection shared between two lands of Australia and Hong Kong, each of which is both home and alien. It is living with this precarious sense of identity that drives my practice, both conceptually and physically. The work explores these themes by using abstract and open-ended forms and structures, in tandem with materials that weather and change in response to their environment.
About Anton Poon
The sculptor Anton Poon, born in 1989, currently lives and works in Hong Kong. His sculptural practices, in which he predominantly works with corten steel and bronze, expands from Hong Kong to mainland China, Australia, and the international art arena. In 2016 he graduated from the Australian National University School of Art and Design (ANU SoAD) with a Masters of Visual Arts with honours. He was later employed at the same university as a sessional lecturer and technical officer.
After studying and working in Australia for 16 years, Anton returned to Hong Kong in 2018 to further his career, with an aspiration to expand his scope to mainland China and the international art arena. The materials he uses for his elegant and visible works of art represent an essential part of his craft. Anton believes that communication among people, the environment, and materials are a significant direction for his creation. He likes to use Corten steel, a kind of material that rusts and changes with the environment and weather, which makes the works unique and Complete blends with the place.
Over the last four years, he has collaborated with landscape architects, professional artists, and development companies. With his sculptures, Anton aims to explore the concept of cultural transition, with metaphors such as bridges and tunnels or the use of abstract modular forms. He wants to bring the viewer nearer to a theme that is very close to his own heart. In his teenage years, he left his home in Hong Kong and settled in Australia, where he dedicated himself to his training as a sculptor. Anton sees his sculptures as a gateway for sharing his ideas and emotions physically and visually with outsiders of all cultural backgrounds.