Artist Residency with Michelle Loa Kum Cheung
During her time at the GreatArt store, Michelle will create a large hanging mural using paper suspended from our red cube structure in the front of house. She’ll then use a pyrography tool to burn through the sheets, allowing her image to emerge from both sides of the paper.
Michelle Loa Kum Cheung creates fictional environments to explore the idea of a displaced heritage. Her current practice is a response to the geographical dislocation between the environment in which she was raised and her cultural heritage and identity as an Australian with a Chinese Mauritian background. Her work amalgamates various techniques including pyrography, oil, liquid graphite and gold leaf with a focus on intentional mark making.
Michelle draws upon Chinese concepts in shan shui painting, where the depiction of landscape relies on the artist’s innate and intuitive reaction to the visual reality. Contrasting degrees of perception, depth and form cultivate a tension between the real and the imagined.
“This residency is a great opportunity to showcase the creation of a pyrography work to the public and to promote the craft of the handmade and tactility of creating work, which can often be lost in the age of digital reproduction.”
“The idea of a hanging vertical format will mimic Chinese calligraphic scrolls and reflect my personal interest in the Chinese tradition of shan shui, where the emotional response to nature and the landscape is more pertinent than visual accuracy. The image I propose will be of an imagined landscape which will develop organically where each new element will inform subsequent ones. I believe the space at Great Art provides extremely interesting and advantageous perspectives as this technique benefits greatly from the play of light, shadow and space. “
You can see more of Michelle’s work on her website. We look forward to welcoming her to the store for the weekend, pop in to see her creative landscape take shape and to see this specialist pyrography technique for yourself!