Simplicity in Complexity.....


 

Jacky Cheng is an artist and an art educator based in Broome, Western Australia.

Jacky Cheng's work is fundamentally about identity and awareness through cultural activities  and memories of home; country and relationships. Her significant concern is about correlating and weaving narratives from her native experiences whilst mapping the esoteric and social relationships of her origins and her new found home, environment and social surroundings. Her awareness towards her Chinese heritage continues to question her notion of 'home' and 'belonging' - 'here and there' and the 'in between'. The desire is to explore ideas and methodology of two extremities of the same continuum and simplicity in complexity that exist in her medium of choice. 

Profile - About

Biography

 

Jacky Cheng was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She received her Bachelor of Architecture (Honours 1) from University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has since pursued her love for creating and making in smaller scales and the education sector.

Jacky works across several mediums incorporating her philosophy of 'slow art' - a visual participatory, most notably through paper bas-relief sculptures.  Her introduction into the manipulation of paper was highly influenced by her elders on cultural practices and duties performed for Chinese Ritual purposes.  She has since amalgamated both architectonic and visual language using papers and fibres as the predominant mediums in her practice.  Her award winning manual hand-cut paper enchantment is featured in ABC Makers and Creators segment  'The Paper Cutter', ABC Arts - ‘How art changed my life’ as well as numerous art feeds and articles locally and internationally. 

Her teaching accolades includes both state and national awards in Best Trainer/Teacher of the Year in Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector bestowed by the prestigious Australia Training Awards as well as a finalist for the Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award by Awards Australia.

Today, Jacky continues to practice and teach in the Northwest of Western Australia where she lives and work since 2006.


CV

Education

2018 Masterclass with Jordi Rosés Master Platemaker, Art Print Residence, Barcelona, Spain
2019 Cert IV TAE40116 Training and Assessment, WA  
2003 Bachelor of Architecture (Honours 1), University of New South Wales, NSW
2001 Bachelor of Architectural Science, Curtin University of Technology Perth, WA
1999 Adv. Diploma in Architecture, Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology, Malaysia
1998 Diploma in Architecture, Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology, Malaysia

Employment

2004–current Practicing Artist based in Broome, WA
2006–current Visual Arts Lecturer, North Regional TAFE Broome, Western Australia
2008–2010 Bidyadanga Community Art Centre Consultant, KRCI, Broome, WA
2001-2005 Course Convenor, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW, Sydney, NSW

Duo Exhibitions

2019 'Superstructure', Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF), Suma Orientalis, Malaysia
2019 'Traces of Bicameralism', Suma Orientalis, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2017 ‘Something Old, Something New’, Kidogo Arthouse Fremantle, WA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA
The Geumgang Nature Art Biennale - YATOO, Korea
Water, Artery Cooperative and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice Italy and Melbourne, 

2019 Off the Page, Scribblers Festival, Claremont Library, Perth, WA
Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA
2018 Hedland Art Awards, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA
Denfair Melbourne 2018, Here We See Gallery There, Melbourne, VIC
'Botanica Humana', Here We See Gallery There, Melbourne, VIC
'Deadly Threadly', Chinatown Project HQ, Broome, WA
2017 ‘Flourish’ Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
Cossack Art Awards, Cossack, WA
The Derby Shire West Kimberley Art Prize, Derby, WA
Bunburry Biennale, Bunburry Regional Galleries, Bunburry, WA
Mid West Art Prize, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton, WA
Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane, QLD
Environs Kimberley Broome, WA
2016 ‘Unbound Perspectives’, Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York, USA
‘Three Artist One Medium’, The York Festival York, WA
Environs Kimberley Broome, WA
2015 ‘Pride, Mischief, Murder’, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Environs Kimberley Broome, WA
Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA
2014 The Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA
Environs Kimberley Broome, WA
2013 Muswellbrook Art Awards, Muswellbrook, NSW
Environs Kimberley Broome, WA
The Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA
2012 The Derby Shire West Kimberley Art Prize, Derby, WA
The Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA
2011 The Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA
2009 The Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA
2008 Environs Kimberley Broome, WA
The Shinju Matsuri Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA

Collaborative Projects

2020
 
2019- 2021
‘The Day Begins at Midnight’ Munken by Arctic Paper, Sweden
 
'Home' Shinju Jubilee Celebration 2020 / 2021, WA ongoing
2019 ‘Passion’ Arctic Paper and Paper Artists Collective, Sweden
2018 ‘My Country’ Excel Blades and Paper Artists Collective, USA
2016 ‘Mabu Liyan’ Strong Spirit, Broome, WA
2015 'Pride, Mischief & Murder', Melbourne, VIC and Broome, WA
2013-2017 Build and Play your Own Ukulele, Kyle Andrews Foundation, Broome, WA
2012 Gallery Moves, Broome, WA

Honours / Awards

2020

2019

Winner Sculpture Category, Shinju Acquisitive Art Awards, Shire Complex, Broome, WA

Winner Overall, Shinju Acquisitive Art Awards, Shire Complex, Broome, WA
Winner Second place, View to Asia Art Awards, Cable Beach, WA

2018 Finalist Hedland Art Awards, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
Winner People's Choice Award, Shinju Acquisitive Art Award, Shire Complex, Broome, WA
2017 Finalist Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize, Sydney, NSW
Winner Highly Commended Award, Cossack Acquisitive Art Awards, Cossack, WA
Winner Highly Commended Award, West Kimberley Acquisitive Art Prize, WA
Finalist Bunburry Biennale, Bunburry Regional Galleries, Bunburry WA
Finalist Mid West Art Prize, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton, WA
Finalist Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane, QLD
2015 Winner Category, Shinju Acquisitive Art Awards, Shire Complex, Broome, WA
2014 Winner Highly Commended Award, Shinju Acquisitive Art Awards, Broome, WA
2013 Winner Overall, Shinju Acquisitive Art Awards, Shire Complex, Broome, WA
Finalist 42nd Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre, Sydney, NSW
2012 Winner Category, Shinju Acquisitive Art Awards, Shire Complex, Broome, WA
2011 Winner Category, Shinju Acquisitive Art Awards, Shire Complex, Broome, WA
Winner People’s Choice Awards, Environs Kimberly, Broome, WA
2008 Winner Category, Shinju Acquisitive Art Awards, Shire Complex, Broome, WA
1999 Winner Academic Excellence in Architectural Design, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Teaching Honours

2015 Finalist Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award, Curtin University, WA
2013 Winner Australian Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award, Australian Training Awards
Winner Western Australia Trainer of the Year Award, Western Australian Training Awards, WA

Residencies

2019 Arteles Creative Centre, Artist in Residence, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
2019 Awagami Factory, Tokushima, Japan
2018 Arteles Creative Centre, Program: Back to Basics, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
2018 Art Print Residence, Arenys De Munt, Barcelona, Spain
2017 Arteles Creative Centre, Program: Silence Awareness Existence, Hämeenkyrö, Finland
2015 Cable Beach Club, Western Australia

Collections

  Shire of Broome, Western Australia
  Jubilee Mines
       Private collections throughout Australia and overseas

Photo credit: Anja Schutz


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