• What is drawing for?: - Chrissy Cheung
  • My art practice is an exploration of the abstraction. My drawings often use graphite or black ink. They are composed by improvising and feeling for a character within myself which takes shape in the drawing. The images, 'composition no.16', 'perhaps a chicken', and 'broken telephone' are all drawings that have repetition as a method base where manual copying inevitably creates variations: the loss of the original shape transforms. The image starts to have a "population" of shapes and objects that are similar, embellishing the overall image. The theme of repetition intrigued me as it offered an element of play and a chance to revisit forms inside of a drawing. In 'Scratches', it is more of a graphic representation of the sound of a "scratch". Because I want to keep the drawing fresh, I never erase or edit. All drawings were done intuitively and immediately without a rough, or planned page to capture the energy of the initial thought.

    composition no. 16, 2007, ink on Stonehenge, 16" x 19".

    broken telephone, 2007, ink on tan Stonehenge, 12" x 13".

    'perhaps a chicken', 2007, ink on tan Stonehenge, 10 1/4" x 15".

    scratches, 2006 , graphite, ink on Stonehenge, 15" x 22 1/4".

    My drawing started at an early age when I was seven. By the time I was a teenager, a sketchbook was always on me. My long transit times back and forth from school in Toronto allowed me to keep a very up-to-date book. It was in many ways a visual diary to sort my emotions.

    I personally draw as a means to explore thoughts and simple ideas. It is an accessible medium because you can start instantaneously with no setup and with anything that marks. It liberates me to convey an idea into a simple image without words which require a more defined thought. A drawing becomes 'wordless' and free to interpretation with every depth for imagination that comes with an image. Drawing is my tool to reach into the portals of my imagination of worlds with other creatures and absurdity. I recognize a drawing by the strength it has to capture the feeling and energy of the artist. These elements that are impulsive and fresh are characteristic of contemporary drawing. I view drawings that are "overplanned" and gridded-out to lack this edge.

    As a new mother of a little toddler, I see how drawing is very primary and easily expressive. My little boy hardly has more than 3 defined words but can sit and draw in a very self-absorbing manner. From observation, I can tell that he is intrigued that he is producing marks and shading from his own hand; a very different activity from all his other toys. Drawing is a very primal and elementary tool for development. The drawing becomes stylistic of the artist similar to that of a signature.

    Biographical information

    Chrissy Cheung
    Artist: painter/drawer

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