I started my life as a visual and tactile person. Throughout my childhood, I loved to interpret my world through making and transforming materials. These were the genes I received from my parents, I grew up seeing them making our life with their hands. My Mother was a knitter, she trained and worked professionally as a young women in Hong Kong. As a child her hands were always busy. My Father always made, repaired and photographed everything and everyone in our household. It was this love of looking, tactility, making and reflecting that led to building my confidence and thus became an integral part of my identity ever since. I have always felt my best self when I made art.
In my formal art training, I studied Bachelor of Applied Art (Honours 1st class) at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (now UNSW Art & Design) majoring in ceramics, 1995-98. I have been exhibiting my artworks since 1996. During my early education, I developed an interest in installation based work, which focused on social commentary and mixed media, moving beyond my original training.
Through my curatorial experience and doctoral research interests in urban art practices, my practice has expanded further to look at the social relationships of art in urban communities. Recent project has become relational in their approach, focusing on how art objects in the community can act as a platform to stimulate dialogue around a discourse, connecting and engaging individuals in Australian cities. As an artist, I often work in the capacity of curating the community through my art projects.
For individual projects visit their page. Image featured above: Stars with SARS, drawing and collage, 2006.