“Explanations always call for deep thought. But when you actually dream, be as light as a feather. Dreaming has to be performed with integrity and seriousness, but in the midst of laughter and with the confidence of someone who doesn’t have a worry in the world. Only under these conditions can our dreams actually be turned into dreaming.” — Carlos Castaneda “The Art of Dreaming”
Sonya Fu Man Yi (b.1982 in Hong Kong) is a Chinese visual artist based in Hong Kong. Growing up in the former British Colony where East meets West, Fu is influenced by both Oriental and Western culture.
Starting from 2010, Fu has exhibited in galleries and international art fairs across Hong Kong, China, America, Australia and Europe. Fu’s work has been featured in many art publications including Curvy, Laminate Most Wanted and the Semi-Permanent art books.
In 2011, Fu was endorsed by Semi-Permanent Hong Kong as a notable and emerging artist. In the same year, Fu was awarded with Perspective Magazine’s ’40 Under 40′ which celebrates top young creative talent throughout Asia.
Fu’s chosen medium – digital painting – encompasses an intricate technique which Fu paints with very detailed and delicate brushwork. The finished digital artwork is produced as limited edition archival prints for a broader audience and collectors to enjoy and acquire the work. Fu has recently employed new printing methods such as Diasec and 3D Lenticular, these exquisite processes further enrich the depth and colors in Fu’s vibrant digital delights.
Being heavily inspired by her dreams and spirituality, Fu blends her subject matters with symbolic metaphors and the unseen beauties she encountered during Hypnagogic state – the transitional state between wakefulness and sleep. All of this combined introduces an eerie and obscure atmosphere in Fu’s visual narratives.
“Art is a powerful visual language and creating art is a calming and therapeutic process. I would like to share with people my dreamscape, its beauty and its oddity. It might be an eerie creature, a whimsical scenery or a disturbed beauty who speaks words of wisdom – they are all embodiments of my subconscious mind. If my work manages to stir emotions and provoke thoughts, then I am doing the right thing as an artist – creating and conveying emotion.” says Fu.
Our world is only one in a cluster of consecutive worlds, arranged like the layers of an onion. Even though we have been energetically conditioned to perceive solely our world, we still have the capability of entering into those other realms, which are as real, unique, absolute, and engulfing as our own world is.
For us to perceive those other realms, not only do we have to covet them but we need to have sufficient energy to seize them. Their existence is constant and independent of our awareness, but their inaccessibility is entirely a consequence of our energetic conditioning. In other words, simply and solely because of that conditioning, we are compelled to assume that the world of daily life is the one and only possible world.
Believing that our energetic conditioning is correctable, sorcerers of ancient times developed a set of practices designed to recondition our energetic capabilities to perceive. They called this set of practices the art of dreaming. It’s the gateway to infinity.
— Carlos Castaneda “The Art of Dreaming“
All works by Sonya Fu.