mel_imageMel started as a designer and then shifted to develop herself in art. She won the Artist in Residence Award in the “6th Evora International Printmaking Competition” in 2009 and also held her first solo exhibition “Last Portrait” in the same year.

Mel uses a journalistic view to observe the ever-changing world and compares her surroundings to judge and understand herself. These observations and ideas are expressed in her art. Mel graduated from the University of Macau, majoring in Communications.

About

Mel Cheong (Cheong Hoi I)

Artist Statement

People are special individuals, but capitalism created a nihilistic worldview that only money exists. By participating in this social game, people gradually lose their humane instinct as in pursuing the true happiness in life – making a society that goes in a repeated loop without any breakthrough. Thus, it is important to understand oneself. One can achieve the results from learning and comparing with each other, with people in the history who laid down ideas and visions through art and culture. Through art revelation – the process of appreciation, expression and dissection, Mel found her way to understand herself and exchanging her ideas and visions with people who shares the same moment she does.

These ideas set up as a base for us to make a better and sophisticated self. Mel’s pursuit in questioning the moment allows her to continue in exploring the relationship between herself and her art.

About

Mel started as a designer and then shifted to develop herself in art. She won the Artist in Residence Award in the “6th Evora International Printmaking Competition” in 2009 and also held her first solo exhibition “Last Portrait” in the same year.

Mel uses a journalistic view to observe the ever-changing world and compares her surroundings to judge and understand herself. These observations and ideas are expressed in her art. Mel graduated from the University of Macau, majoring in Communications. She is now teaching Mokuhanga Class at the Macau Art Museum.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014
  • Solo Exhibition “A Presence of Mind,” Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan
2012
  • Solo Exhibition “Circus,” Mount Fortress Corridor, Macau
2011
  • Solo Exhibition “My New Life” in the “7th Evora International Printmaking Festival,” Palacio de Manuel, Evora, Portugal
2009
  • Solo Exhibition “Last Portrait,” Center for Creative Industries, Macau

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2014
  • International Mokuhanga Exhibition 2014, University of Tokyo, Japan
2012
  • 1st Macau Printmaking Triennial, Old Court Building, Macau
  • 2012 Seeking Creators in Aesthetics of Living to Experience the Japanese-Style Houses, Gold Museum, New Taipei City Government, Taiwan
2011
  • AFA Autumn Salon, Oriental Foundation, Macau
  • SKY-2011 Asia Plate & Print Exhibition, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan
2010
  • Hong Kong Graphics Art Fiesta 2010: Convergence / Divergence, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Hong Kong
  • Macau Modern Printmaking Exhibition, Macau Art Museum
  • Artist in Residence Exhibition, Teoartis, Evora, Portugal
  • Macau Modern Printmaking Exhibition, Office of the Macao Special Administrative Region in Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Tsuzurakai Exhibition, Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan
  • Macau Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition, Be-Kyoto Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
2009
  • Group Exhibitions from 2007 – 2009, Center for Creative Industries, Macau

 

AWARDS AND HONORS
2014
  • Selected Work in the “International Mokuhanga Exhibition 2014,” University of Tokyo, Japan
2012
  • Selected Work in the “1st Macau Printmaking Triennial,” Macau Cultural Institute
  • Artist in Residence Award in the “2012 Seeking Creators in Aesthetics of Living to Experience the Japanese-Style Houses” program, Gold Museum, New Taipei City Government, Taiwan
2009
  • Artist in Residence Award in the “6th Evora International Printmaking Competition,” Teoartis, Evora, Portugal
2005
  • Consolation Prize in the “Happiness Bag” Graphic Design Competition, Caritas Macau
2004
  • Third Prize in the “Humorous Macao” Photography Competition, University of Macau

 

RELATED NEWS AND ARTICLES

 

Open Studio, Artist in Residency at MI-LAB, Kawaguchiko, Japan, 2015

 

Teaching Mokuhanga Class at A2 Studio, Macau Art Museum

 

“A Presence of Mind” Opening, Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan, 2014

 

Mel at A2 Studio, Macau Art Museum

Mel at A2 Studio, Macau Art Museum, 2012

 

An interview during Artist in Residence, Taiwan, 2012

An interview during Artist in Residence, Taiwan, 2012

 

Open studio during Artist in Residence, Taiwan, 2012

Open studio during Artist in Residence, Taiwan, 2012

 

Sharing ideas with Mr. Nuno Domingos, Director of C.M., Evora, 2011

Sharing ideas with Mr. Nuno Domingos, Director of C.M., Evora, Portugal, 2011