When she’s not helping Hong Kong adoptees to find their families,Winnie Siu Davies is an artist, a sculptor, an art teacher, and she also teaches students from Sunderland University. She has a huge studio in the new territories, and today I got to help her prepare for Open Studios, and I have also signed up to help her at her private view.
Who’d have thought that there would be so much synergy between us? If I hadn’t been lucky enough to move to St Ives, and work for Alex at the Alexandra Dickens Gallery and been to see more art and galleries than ever before in the past 5 years, I would not have had a clue how to help Winnie ‘rehang’ (I don’t think that’s the right verb for shifting heavy bronze sculptures around) her studio today. I felt like I could legitimately advise, physically move the work, suggest things that I know worked in Alex’s gallery. It felt good. Old tricks, new place. The chance to give back to someone who has done so much for me.
Whilst I’ve been having a holiday in Vietnam, Winnie’s continued on with the root tracing work and there’s been big developments, and the application for my Hong Kong ID has also moved on a stage.
I’ll wait until I’ve had chance to tell my children before I post here. Lucy arrives tomorrow, and I am more than a little excited. Like a small (and tired) child on Christmas Eve. So I’ll leave it there for now. Perhaps Lucy and I can write a joint blog whilst she’s here. I always wanted to do a Mother/Daughter piece…..