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Dyptych Acrylic on canvas
32 x 96 inches
Spiralling in Orange
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 inches
BLANK SPACE is pleased to present Traces of Memory, a solo exhibition featuring the paintings of Choichun Leung. An artist whose paintings focus on how both memory and meaning change and are both distorted and clarified over time, she uses her painting process to explore and create expressions of the memory of movement.
Leung believes in Nawal El Saadawi’s statement that “Memory is never complete.” Memories are not historical accounts of what happened but what we choose to extract, interpret, retain or forget and is a key aspect of one’s personal identity. Some memories are shaped by language, others by imagery, yet they emerge consciously and unconsciously in our everyday lives without us often realizing how they affect our decisions and actions. Simply put, however they change, memories are clues to what was -- a “blueprint” of our past selves.
The artist’s paintings are a visual representation of the shaping of memory. Leung’s process involves paints poured onto the canvas, the calligraphic scripts often covers the paint and brush movements entirely, and what remains on the canvas are remnants of the paint’s journey. The faintest watermarks are symbolic of the fading and passing of time, while the improvised scripts, or “glyphs”, are where subconscious thoughts emerge and are obscured. Throughout this process she is sanding down or painting over until she has attained the memory of movement. Conceptually and actually, what was once hidden or revealed may later be reversed by the end of her process. Just as memory yields and hides events, so too does the creative process that Leung employs for each painting.
All the works in Traces of Memory elicit a feeling of rhythm and emotion. In particular, the rhythm of her glyphs and poured paint as featured in both “Hidden Glyph” and “Spiraling in Orange”. The glyphs appear like the unconscious scrawling of writing without actual words, allowing the viewer to overlay his/her own story, memory, and meaning on to each painting. The monocromatic “glyphs” in both “Chromo46” and “Chromo48” have a sense of writing and rhythm that can be interpreted as a dance on canvas; an interplay between paint and canvas.
Raised in Wales and having completed Metalsmithing at Loughborough College (UK), Leung pursued Buddhist Iconography in China and has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions. Additionally, she received the Prince’s Trust, Gold Award in 1995. An accomplished artist now based in Brooklyn, NY, most recently she has participated in exhibitions in Washington, DC at the Morton Fine Art Gallery and a fundraiser for Bread For the City.