Ricker Choi (b. 1975)
Acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 in.
Executed in 2022
Lady Liberty Hong Kong was a 3-metre statue created in 2019 Hong Kong protest as a symbol to call for solidarity. It was hauled to the top of Lion Rock Mountain in Hong Kong before being vandalized and removed by unknown attackers. “Be Water” is also a symbol in 2019, where protesters quoted Bruce Lee to remind themselves to adapt their strategy and be flexible: “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.”
In this painting, the artist imagines a scene in a desert devoid of water, symbolizing total oppression from the Chinese regime. A man holding up his hand, summoning with the “Five Demands” hand gesture from 2019. Lady Liberty answers by raising up from the desert sand and reappears, giving hope to HongKongers.