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 are 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. 

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Photo credit: Anja Schutz

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, installations and process based works.  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. 

Jacky is a multi award winning practitioner including Judges Award at the Jury Art Prize (2021) and finalists in the National Works on Paper (2022), The 67th Blake Prize (2022) and The John Stringer Prize (2022). Her teaching accolades includes both state and national awards in Best Trainer/Teacher of the Year in Vocational Education and Training (2013) sector bestowed by the prestigious Australia Training Awards as well as a finalist for the Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award (2015) by Awards Australia.

Today, Jacky continues to practice, teach and facilitate on the lands and waters in and around Yawuru Country, Northwest of Western Australia where she lives and work since 2006.

*I acknowledge the Yawuru people whose land I live and work on and pay my respects to Elders both past, present and emerging, their culture and continued connection to Country.


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

employment

2004–
current

Practicing Artist based in Broome, WA

2006–
2022

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

Solo and duo exhibitions

2022

'The Dance of Kigami and Kami-Ito', Broome Fringe Festival, Broome ,WA

2021

'Reservoir', Gallery 152, York, WA

2021

'Beyond Sight', Broome Fringe Festival, Broome, WA

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

2022

The John Stringer Prize, John Curtin Gallery, WA (upcoming)

2022 National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC

'Shadow', WALLACE Art Space, WA

The 67th Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse, NSW

Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Hazelhurst Art Centre, NSW

2021

HERENOW21: DISPERSION, There Is!, WA

'When I Saw You' - Curiosity and the Rituals of the Everyday, Ellenbrook Arts, WA

Jury Art Prize, Courthouse Gallery + Studio, Port Hedland, WA

Minnawarra Art Awards, Perth WA

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, VIC

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

2021

  • The Calling Over Nagula, Broome WA

  • 'TEND', Courthouse Gallery+Studio, The Junction Co, Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, Port Hedland, WA

  • Harmony Week – Courthouse Gallery + Studio, Port Hedland, WA

  • ‘PAC Passport’, Ergo Kiwi and Paper Artists Collective, UK, U.S and Australia.

2020

  • 'Te-Kore Worn Art Revamped' Theatre Kimberley & Yiramalay, WA

  • 'Rewrite the Book' Kimberley Arts Network & Regional Arts WA, Broome, WA

  • ‘The Day Begins at Midnight’ Munken by Arctic Paper, Sweden

2019

  • 'Home' Shinju Jubilee Celebration, Broome, WA

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

2022

Finalist –  2022 National Works on Paper, VIC

Finalist – The John Stringer Prize, John Curtin Gallery, WA

Finalist – The 67th Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse, NSW

2021

Finalist Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award, Hazelhurst Art Centre, NSW

Finalist York Botanic Art Prize, York, WA

Winner of Judges Award, Jury Art Prize, Courthouse Gallery+Studio, Port Hedland, WA

Finalist Minnawarra Art Awards, Armadale District Hall, Perth, WA

2020

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

2019

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 Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury Regional Galleries, Bunbury 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 & Grants

2022/23

Spaced: Rural Utopia

2022

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Art- U15k Grant– Honour and Love – Chapter II, WA

2022

Fremantle Arts Centre, Artist in Residence, Fremantle, WA

2021 / 2022

Quick Response Grant – Honour and Love – Chapter II, Regional Arts Fund

2021

Participation Grant - Indian Ocean Craft Triennial Conference, Regional Arts WA

2021

Quick Response Grant - Artlands - Regional Arts Fund

2021

Courthouse Gallery + Studio, Port Hedland, WA

2020/21

Fremantle Art Centre , Artist in Residence, Fremantle, WA

2020

Regional Arts Resilience Grant, Regional Arts WA

2020

Yiramalay / Wesley Studio School, WA

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

Collections

Shire of Broome, Western Australia

Jubilee Mines

Private collections throughout Australia and overseas

Professional memberships

National Association for the Visual Arts

Artsource Australia

The International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA)

Paper Artist Collective


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