Michelle Loa Kum Cheung creates fictional environments to explore the idea of a displaced heritage. Her current practice is a response to the geographical dislocation between the environment in which she was raised and her cultural heritage and identity as an Australian with a Chinese Mauritian background.
Loa Kum Cheung draws upon Chinese concepts in shan shui painting, where the depiction of landscape relies on the artist’s innate and intuitive reaction to the visual reality. Contrasting degrees of perception, depth and form cultivate a tension between the real and the imagined.
Favouring the tactility and raw materiality of wood in her paintings, Loa Kum Cheung combines various techniques including pyrography (wood burning), oil paint and gold leaf with a focus on intentional mark making.
Loa Kum Cheung is an Australian artist, graduating with Honours in Fine Arts from UNSW Art & Design in 2011 and is now based in London. She has exhibited steadily in solo shows, group exhibitions, prizes and fairs in both Australia and Great Britain and taken part in international artist residencies.