INTRODUCTION OF THE ARTIST:
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jessica Cheung received her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture. While living in New York from 2005 - 2010, Jessica held several exhibitions which included the galleries in SoHo and Chelsea art districts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Art Library in New York. In 2010, Jessica returned to Hong Kong and had her second solo exhibition in the same year. Her work has been exhibiting in Hong Kong, New York, Paris, China, South Korea (Seoul, Gwangju, and Pyeongtaek City), and Singapore. In March 2014, she had her third solo exhibition in Hong Kong, the city where she is living now.
In my work I use my own belongings as a catalyst: necklaces, bracelets, hair clips, perfume bottles…. something representing myself in a personal way. I am trying to build up an intimate connection between myself and viewers. In my studio practice I maintain open-ended, work-from-direct-observation. Using colors and textures to explore my deepest emotions, I observe and capture the way light falls on and around these personal objects. Looking closely at the space in between them, I discover their inner beauties. I learn that apart from the objects themselves, the negative form (or space in between objects) is just as important as the positive form, and these correlate to create new and unexpected images. These unplanned experiences and journeys always inspire me and continually surprise me. The paintings themselves lead me, making me feel that they take on a life of their own. That also makes me believe there has different life in a microscopic level and sharing the same space with us. That is why I call each painting a “Microcosm World”.