My research and art works seek to explore memory and identity issues, both at a personal, individual level as well as from a wider, shared community perspective.I like my art to give a ‘big message’ with a ‘quiet voice’, through the use of fragile materials and often commercially under-valued items. I enjoy manipulating paper and fabrics through drawing, writing, printing and stitching. I love mark making and I value old pieces of fabrics as memory items which hold special stories.
Through making visual representation of material objects and exploring the memories and the related stories behind them, I want to make special again what is lost and make visible what is invisible.I enjoy site specific installations and experiential art, designed to offer the audience the physical and mental space to bring their own personal stories as well as become part of a bigger story.
Different fabrics can trigger memories through their tactile and sensory properties. My work explores the many complex layers of the meaning of fabrics – how the physical fabric of our lives is inextricably linked to its emotional fabric, at an individual level as well as at a community level. I want to explore the experience of the feel, smell and touch of special material objects (handkerchief, napkin, pillowcase, tablecloth) as anchors for emotional attachment and therefore the carriers of individual memories and personal stories. I also want to investigate the commonalities and the differences of these encounters with material objects for different cultures, communities and generations.
I was born in Hong Kong. I studied as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge and as a postgraduate at the University of Oxford. I currently work as a social work manager in Kent. In 2015 I completed my MA in Fine Art with Distinction at the University of Creative Arts Canterbury.
I have developed a deep interest in memory and identity issues relating to people with dementia through my professional and personal experience. Through making visual representation of material objects and exploring the memories and the related stories behind them, I want to make special again what is lost and make visible what is invisible.
My work borders between remembering and forgetting, the visible and the invisible, and the known and the unknown.
commissions and exhibitions
Shape Open 2019 – Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, London, September 2019
Christmas Exhibition – What if…? Gallery, Dartford, November 2018 – January 2019
Monochrome – Merge Arts, Islington Arts Factory, London – October – November 2017
A Letter in Mind – National Brain Appeal, London, September – October 2017
‘Thoughts become Art’ – The Baumhaus Berlin-Wedding, Berlin, June 2017
Shape Open 2017 – Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park, London, January – February 2017
Dartford Creative Public Realm Commission – The Priory Market Place, Dartford, June – August 2016
Zest Communities: Thanet with bright shadow – April – July 2016
The Contemporary Open – Sun Pier House Gallery, Chatham, April 2016
MA Graduation Show – UCA, Canterbury, August 2015
Festival of the Brain – Quarterhouse, Folkestone, May 2015
Spirituality Festival – Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, September 2014
Exhibition of Works – Brewery Tap, Folkestone, July 2014