Marion Cheung United Kingdom
Hi, my name is Marion Cheung and I am a visual artist working with print, paint, stitch and electroconductive materials. I live and work in South Wales. Participatory arts and interrogating my processes are fundamental to my arts practice - engaging diverse communities. Inspiring people to make art to support quality of life brings me a lot of joy and strengthens connections within communities.
I have 10 years experience working as an artist within the third sector. Previously I was a freelance graphic designer for high street retailers. These experiences enabled me to share my knowledge and skills with undergraduates at Higher Education. I taught technical illustration at University of Wales, Newport BA Fashion Design, portfolio design and mentoring students studying Fashion Promotion. I was consulted to write the first modules for a new Foundation degree (Fashion Styling) at Coleg Gwent.
Gradually, I became interested in the way that making art with people enhances mental health and wellbeing. I was awarded 2 SuperDragons by 'Wild in Art' in 2010. One of which engaged a community group. This project inspired me to continue working in the voluntary sector, seeking sources of funding to support my practice and also collaborating with other people, working in a team. The SuperDragons project gave insight into the transformational nature of the arts, to bring positive benefits to individuals, society and the environment.
Regarding my own work, there is layering and texture - the layers adds to its history of making. I used to make large scale mixed media paintings based on children and technology and the environmental effects of our throw-away culture. They became unwieldy and difficult to transport so I explored making them small scale, exploring materials in combination with digital processes and layered paper. Now, I mark-make with stitches, handmade brushes and pens to highlight detail, colour and movement create a tactile dimension. Stitching is a slow, meditative process, allowing me to enter a space of calm without distraction or worry. It is also a process that is conducive to building community and sharing with others.
Electroconductive threads enable the mixed media pieces come to life through touch and sound. They are based on memories of places, family heritage and current affairs - often becoming part of a larger whole - I have discovered a strength for curating participant's artwork to create a cohesive piece. I am currently studying for my MA in Fine Art Practice within the field of arts and health at the University of South Wales.
Touch A Flower, Talk to Me
04/04/2019 to 09/09/2019
Funded by the Arts programme within Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, TOUCH A FLOWER, TALK TO ME project was commissioned to capture the essence of Rookwood Hospital via memories to support the transition of services from Rookwood to University Hospital Llandough. It involved 54 participants including patients of Specialist Neuro Rehabilitation...[Read more]
|Rookwood Hospital and University Hospital Llandough, Cardiff||Details|
02/10/2015 to 29/11/2015
Lost Connections was exhibited at Riverfront Theatre then was part of a group exhibition with Human Nature Art Show in Bristol, Centrespace in 2015. It was shown at Art in the Attic, Porth, Barnabas Arts House and Llanover Arts in Cardiff in 2019. E-wasteland was chosen for the front cover of PPQ magazine, distributed in the Guardian reaching a...[Read more]
|Barnabas Arts House/CentreSpace, Bristol with Human Nature Art, Newport, South Wales/Bristol||Details|