Sharon H.J. Cheng
I am a visual artist who holds the ancient Chinese philosophy of ‘Chi’, also called Energy, Spirit, and Soul, deep in my heart. ‘Chi’ is the backbone of my work. In my opinion, ‘Chi’ not only pervades the universe, but is also expressed in every shape and form. I believe ‘Chi’ is the essence of all creativity and flows from the character of the artist. ‘Chi’ is the dynamic principle of artistic creation that transcends representational appearance and sentimental atmospherics. In addition to ‘Chi’, I have profound feelings about SPACE and TIME, which are often shown in my work reflecting our life journey intertwining with them.
Oil is my primary medium, with which I enjoy building textures with two important elements: color and layer effect. My recent painting is based on an idea of ‘Free Form Construction’. It involves covering and rediscovering the landscapes of paint. Various shapes of drafting tape are first applied to the painting surface; afterwards, they are removed from the surface during the painting process. The ‘void’ marks of the removed tape bring unexpected effects that not only force me to rediscover and reconcile with the altered composition, but also to recognize my personal relationship with the vast universe. Thus, the serendipitous play of ‘Chi’, Space and Time become the core of my subject.
In exploring possibility of visual presentation and balance, I have been experimenting with various shapes and sizes. If the diamond shape presentation of square painting is my new balance, then the circle shape painting is my langue of searching for harmony in my art. A circle is an existence that has neither pointed edge, nor beginning, nor end. I think the shape and form of Circle present energy of harmony. Therefore I am inspired to take up ‘Searching Harmony Conditions’ as my new project to have deeper understanding about the relationship between Circle’s geometrical shape and its surrounding bio-environment. Recent years I’ve also developed interests in contemporary Sumi-E (ink and brush painting) and mixed media sculpture. They have brought great joy of innovation and new energy to my artistic life!