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Thomas C. Chung

'I Don’t Know Where I Belong … But I Know Where I’m From' | 2021

The Way It Once Was... (I); 2020; Photographic print on fire-retardant textile; © Thomas C. Chung 202021
The Way It Once Was... (I); 2020; Photographic print on fire-retardant textile; © Thomas C. Chung 202021

bio:

Thomas C. Chung is a Melbourne based Chinese-Australian contemporary artist devoting a lifelong conceptual practice exploring the childlike psyche. In 2004, Chung completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales. He is currently pursuing a future in psychotherapy for further artistic research.In the last several years he was invited to participate in the 2nd Land Art Biennial in Mongolia, 4th Ghetto Biennale in Haiti, 9th Shiryaevo Biennale in Russia, 1st Karachi Biennale in Pakistan and The APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale in Malta. His recent exhibitions have included Future Ready: Survival Now + Next, Anchorage Museum, USA; The 40th Alice Prize, Araluen Arts Centre, Australia; The 65th Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Australia; Central Russian Zen, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Russia.

statement:

Thomas’s artistic practice is about seeing the world through the eyes of a child - food, toys, paintings, drawings, knitting, crocheting, photography, sculpture, performance and art installations are some of the mediums or motifs which he has used. At its deepest level, he is researching the childlike psyche is an approach to understanding the world as an empath, exploring the world through ‘emotional landscapes’. This lifelong narrative is a conceptual fusion of artworks, divided into decade-long chapters - much like a giant storybook - mediating his interests in psychology, philosophy and contemporary aesthetics. Thomas is currently studying a Master’s degree at Cairnmillar Institute to further his practice as a psychotherapist.

Materials | Photographic print & machine embroidery on fire-retardant textile
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The Way It Once Was… (I); 2021; Archival pigment print on Canson Rag Photographique 310gsm - & - The Way It Once Was… (II); 2021; Single channel 4K video; © Thomas C. Chung 202021
The Way It Once Was… (I); 2021; Archival pigment print on Canson Rag Photographique 310gsm - & - The Way It Once Was… (II); 2021; Single channel 4K video; © Thomas C. Chung 202021