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  • Journey to the Far East

    It took a while to get here. I was supposed to arrive a few days earlier, but Super Typhoon Usagi beat me to it, delaying my flight to Hong Kong. Well after the plans had been laid out, I journeyed to the other side of the planet, anxious to submerge myself into a world that is so different from my own: an intoxicating humid breeze wraps itself around me, filling my nostrils with the unfamiliar and pungent fragrances of the Far East. I had a little less than 24 hours to sightsee, before heading to Mainland China.

    My gracious Hong Kong hosts and tour guides.

    My gracious Hong Kong hosts and tour guides.

    My other Hong Kong hosts: a plethora of puppies!

    My other Hong Kong hosts: a plethora of puppies!

    A wall of air conditioners, in downtown Hong Kong.

    A wall of air conditioners, in downtown Hong Kong.

    My favorite place was, by far, the street market.

    Fish Monger.

    Fish Monger.

    Sprouts in the market, beautifully tied together.

    Sprouts, beautifully tied together.

    Perfectly stacked greens, on display in the market.

    Perfectly stacked greens.

    Rice for sale!

    Rice for sale!

    Natt brings me to see a Thai food shop in the market.

    Natt brings me to see a Thai food shop in the market.

    Salted eggs in the market.

    Salted eggs.

    Vendor holds up a giant prawn, for the camera.

    Vendor holds up a giant prawn, for the camera.

    The end of my brief visit to Hong Kong was spent on the train to the border of Mainland China. Once again, Richard (a Canadian friend, who gets by in Cantonese) kindly accompanied me on this leg of the journey, taking me to my artist residency in nearby Da Wang, China.

    The pedestrian bridge from Hong Kong to Mainland China.

    View from the pedestrian bridge from Hong Kong to Mainland China. I couldn't help but notice the coils of barbed wire, on the Hong Kong side (right).

    About Claire

    Claire is an abstract painter who teaches painting workshops in both Canada and in the US. She has received grants to attend artist residencies in Vermont (2011 and 2013), and in southeastern China (2013) and has been interviewed by various art magazines, most notably Magazin’ Art (Spring 2015) and Parcours (2014), the French language arts magazine. She was also interviewed for Art Inc. (a book by author Lisa Congdon. She has gallery representation in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Oakville, and in the US, in Charlotte. She appears regularly on a number of blogs, including Design for Mankind, Moco Loco, Design Milk and Saatchi Art’s online magazine. U.S. retail chain, Urban Outfitters, sells her original artwork under their Anthropologie banner. They reproduce her artwork on merchandise, and sell it under the Claire Desjardins signature label. Claire’s work has also appears in various feature films and television shows.
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