Clara Cheung (Clara) graduated from Rhodes College, Tennessee, USA with a double major in Fine Art and Computer Science. In 2002, Cheung studied for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and received a MA in Cultural Studies from Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She was the head of the Visual Arts department of a local high school from 2003 to 2007, is currently an active member of the non-profit art group, Project 226, a founder of C&G Artpartment, and a part-time lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University. She has co-curated many art exhibitions at C&G Artpartment and organises various art projects for other local organisations and schools. Having had different solo and group exhibitions in Hong Kong and overseas, she explores different art media in her art practice. Her works are in various museum and private collections.
(en)counters powerPLAY l 2013
Within the temple gates, a temporary construction functions as a pharmacy and herbarium of natural plants. It also acts as a site for learning and a meeting place for local inhabitants and visitors. Made of found materials and assembled in a semi-circular domed shape, the herbarium houses herbs, seeds and remedies, collected at the surroundings.
Public sessions discussing the characteristics of the various plants' species and their uses becomes a point of departure where local farmers recount stories and give us a peep into their everyday practices, concerns, vision and knowledge. Essence-Function initiates a dialogue between western scientific botanic classification and eastern spiritual doctrines, where both are challenged to develop a system to be transmitted.
Interested in the harmonic complexity of biological forms and processes, his work addresses connections and cooperation, from microorganisms to social systems, and from traditional art languages such as drawing to collaborative agro-ecological projects, actions, and cooperatives.