正興參茸藥行

Ching Hing Wine Medicine Company

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正興參茸藥行

藝術家:姜立如

漁民出海動輒數星期至數月或更久,補給品除了糧食和日用品外,藥物更是不可或缺。陳醫師與太太在1975年開設正興參茸藥行,為漁民出售藥品。夫婦倆事事親力親為,自行為藥材加工、切片、薰蒸、烘焙,尤記得那時僅靠一雙手為每顆南北杏去衣脫膜的細碎回憶。

藝術家姜立如以此作為靈感,在鐵閘作品畫上陳醫師與太太辛勤工作的日常情景,前者在處方,後者則在磨藥,二人面帶愜意微笑,飼養多年的小狗就陪伴在旁。二人身後放滿大大小小的玻璃瓶,每瓶放了不同的藥材,整齊排列,是典型香港藥材舖的格局。

Ching Hing Wine Medicine Company
Artist: Candice Keung

During the fishing season, fishermen can spend weeks or months at sea. To prepare for long periods away from land, they pack stocks of all the food and everyday items they need while they are away, including emergency supplies of Chinese medicine. Ching Hing Wine Medicine Company was opened in 1975 by Dr Chan and his wife to supply the local fishing community with Chinese medicine and traditional herbal remedies. All the raw ingredients are hand-prepared by the couple themselves through time-consuming processes like slicing, smoking and drying herbs, and removing membranes from sweet and bitter apricot kernels. The shutter artwork is inspired by the couple’s tenacious spirit and hard work. It shows the couple in their pharmacy with their pet dog – Dr Chan preparing prescriptions and Mrs Chan grinding herbs with a pestle and mortar – and both with contented smiles on their faces. In the background, you can see the medicine drawers and jars of herbs – a familiar sight in old-style Chinese pharmacies in Hong Kong.

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