In a small place like Hong Kong, one would ideally wish to enjoy life. In reality, many people are merely struggling to survive. The daily to-do tasks are repeated every day and everyone is like a body with a soul drawn away. Tsesaipei feels that instead of trapping yourself in a situation where you fight desperately like a cornered wild beast in this place, why don’t we use the attitude of “Tsesaipei” to record all interesting things in life with a smile instead?
“Tsesaipei” is a Cantonese adjective that means to be mentally and physically tired.
The theme of Tsesaipei’s illustrations are very down-to-earth, mostly about the trivial and interesting matters in daily life. As a person who loves to speak up whenever there are injustices, she also draws to reflect the current situation of the Hong Kong society which can resonate with the Hong Kong readers. When we look at her drawings, we might be able to see ourselves in it like a mirror. It forms a local style of Ukiyo-e.
The characters in the Tsesaipei’s illustration are not the typical kind of pretty ladies. They don’t have high noses, big eyes, or long legs, but in fact this is the truest appearance of us all. She deems that: “It is completely useless to draw beautifully or vividly. The most important thing is having your own unique style.
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