THOMAS C. CHUNG
Thomas C. Chung is an insightful, and intriguing creative.
Based between Sydney and Scandinavia, Chung has numerous years of artistic expression under his belt. His works however never seem to falter from the themes of childhood and adolescence.
"My artistic practice is about seeing the world through the eyes of a child, having dealt with their dreams & anxieties in previous years - food, toys, paintings, drawings and art installations being the mediums which I have used."
Chung goes onto explain his most recent works journey down the same path of influence; "the knitted and crocheted sculptures are a way of interpreting how children see things, so something which was soft and tactile was the choice for these parts of my story."
"Each of my solo exhibitions carry on like a chapter in a book, from one to the next, so as they grow older the world that changes before them will be told through my use of materials. Knitting and crocheting is a small part of the larger conceptual backstory I have planned."
"These recent pieces are of a botanical world they may see. Coming out from hiding, leaving their small worlds behind, the children are out exploring. The cacti are harmless, soft and full of colour. The roses are encased in plexiglass, alluding partially to my favourite book "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The eyes which children see the world (like we did when we were young) are full of wonder and possibilities – it's only until they touch a rose and see it fall apart, or a cactus which then hurts their fingers, that they realise the world is not all as it seems."
His explanations are as eloquent and thought through as his work, but it doesn't stop there. Chung explains his titles also play a huge part as to how the stories are told, spoken as if by a child to an adult nearby. Even more, not only do his pieces reference an innocence, they also allude to issues of global warming; non-violence and patience like the soft cacti (cacti have a slow growth which represents what is needed for change), personal relationships – memories of people he has known and the time it took to get to know them and then what he explains is the all-encompossing theme of love and loss.
Finally Chung asks, I hope that wasn't too much too soon? I don't think I could ever get sick of hearing Chung's artistic words or viewing his creative pieces.
Words / Jamie-Maree Shipton