Florence strives to capture the form, the texture, the character, and above all, the spirit of the animal in her sculptures.
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), Florence Chik-Lau was a graphic designer in Toronto for many years. Since the year 2000, she started to use clay as her artistic medium and animals as her subjects. Her work is much influenced by the peaceful, rural surroundings in the county and reflects her love of animals.
Florence strives to capture the form, the texture, the character, and above all, the spirit of the animal in her sculptures. Beneath the gentle and beguiling exterior, something deeper and knowing is captured in the animal's gesture and expression. While there are some obvious themes that appear in the pieces – motherly love, kindness, disillusionment, sadness, the sculptures are more portraits than metaphors. Their anthropomorphic quality, their sculptural stance and their attitude give the sculptures life and reflects on the human condition. The situation depicted may sometimes be absurd but the animal subjects are always portrayed with humour and dignity.
Florence participates in many jury shows throughout the year including the McMichael Gallery Fall Sale, the Toronto One of a Kind show, the Signatures Original show in Ottawa, the Maker's Hand show, the Art in the County and the Prince Edward County studio tour. Her work is in many private collections in North America and Europe. It is her hope that her animal sculptures will intrigue, delight and remind us of the beauty that exists in all creature, great and small.