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About

Biography

Born and brought up in Taiwan, I now live in Bath, UK. A self-taught artist having begun my journey working in the fashion industry, I spent time as a graphic designer before experimenting with abstract form in a variety of mediums.

I divide my time in my studio between using my sewing machine to explore patterns, shapes and structures found in the world around us through freehand machine embroidery and creating abstract paintings, primarily in acrylic but utilising a wide range of techniques and multi-media. My inspiration comes from both Western and Eastern culture. The themes in my work vary but are rooted in my upbringing, culture and the transitions, personal and geographical, that I have experienced.



Artist Statement

Inspired by patterns and textures found in the natural and man-made world, I create intricate freehand machine embroidery artworks, which are then elegantly suspended in shadowboxes. These physical phenomena become absorbing abstract studies – with each piece of work consisting of thousands of tiny stitches interlinked to capture the form and essence of structures that are often overlooked by the everyday observer.

Inspired by actual objects and photographs, such as images of cells underneath a microscope, a final design is created on water soluble fabric as a guideline. Many hours are then spent on the sewing machine sewing small interlocking stitches. The fabric is then dissolved leaving the embroidery. This is pinned to watercolour paper and foam board using glass beads to suspend and alter the height before being fixed in place. The finished embroidery is then displayed in a shadow box – as entomologists displayed their specimens in the past.

I am drawn to this art form because the lines and form are so deceptively simple at first glance. I seek to take a physical structure such as a leaf skeleton and, through the creative process, bring an abstract element which makes the viewer pause and take a closer look at the intricacies.

My work has to speak to me and I hope therefore it will speak to others. For me, the 3D effect created by the shadows brings the piece of art to life. Stillness and movement are both an integral part of each piece. They are floating; they are moving; they are alive.

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C.V.

• 2021

RWA (The Royal West of England Academy) 168 Annual Open Exhibition

The Festival of Quilts, July-August 2021 (Art Textiles: Made in Britain) firstly be shown at NEC Birmingham and will tour to a number of venues around UK

• 2020

Art at the Heart of the RUH (Royal United Hospital) Exhibition

Artists at Home (Covid-19 Pandemic)

RWA (The Royal West of England Academy) 168 Annual Open Exhibition

• 2019

RWA (The Royal West of England Academy) 167 Annual Open Exhibition

SWA (Society of Women Artists) 158th Exhibition

The Creative Collective Exhibition at Ilminster Arts Centre

Art at the Heart of the RUH (Royal United Hospital) Exhibition

• 2018

BSA (Bath Society of Artists) Open Exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery

Art Salon Gallery – Exhibition “Bath Life”

The Edge- VISIONS OF SCIENCE, ANDREW BROWNSWORD GALLERY, Bath University

Art at the Heart of the RUH (Royal United Hospital) Exhibition

Ammerdown Centre Exhibition

• 2017

BSA (Bath Society of Artists) Open Exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery

44AD Artspace Gallery – Exhibition “How I Make It Work”

Royal Bath & West Show – Art Exhibition

Paulton Hospital, Paulton Junior School (Bristol) 2017

© Shuya Cheng 2020

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