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as a role model. I was already a financially independent woman with a very independent mind. I felt that they just kind of looked at me as an oppressed minority woman from Asia!” Breaking Through Boundaries

An empty canvas is full. — Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008)

Choi continued to defy expectations in art and in her life. During the first part of her stay in the United States, Hon Chi Fun wrote to her almost daily. Choi was inspiring a new and obvious sensuality in his paintings. One morning in 1976 while Hon was visiting Choi in Chicago, the two jumped in a car and drove down to Carson City, Nevada. His long hair flowed behind him through the open windows. She was dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. “We were such hippies,” she says, laughing. “In those days nobody talked about marriage: they talked about divorce! But the two of us drove to a quiet city, to a registry office. We were so unprepared. The guy said, ‘Exchange your rings,’ and we didn’t have any rings. We just looked at each other and laughed.” Choi returned to Hong Kong in 1978 with new determination to push beyond the traditional forms and definitions of art. When she was offered a teaching role at the Swire School of Design at Hong Kong

Light and Shade, by Choi Yan Chi, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 1985. This work was a part of her larger exhibition An Extension into Space, Hong Kong’s first exhibition of installation art.

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Creating Across Cultures - Choi Yan Chi  

These articles first appeared in the 2017 publication "Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan",...

Creating Across Cultures - Choi Yan Chi  

These articles first appeared in the 2017 publication "Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan",...

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