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Artist Spotlight | Cicy Sze-Yin Ching

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

Website: / Instagram: @cicy_ching 

Meet Dr. Ching Sze-Yin Cicy (Cicy Ching), an inaugural member of the Malaspina x VMAA Printermedia Residency in downtown Vancouver. Discover her latest body of work, "Bloom Elsewhere," her biography, and what drives her as an artist.

"Bloom Elsewhere"

Cicy Ching smiles at opening reception
Cicy Ching - Bloom Elsewhere

A solo exhibition of studio jewellery and small objects by Cicy CHING Sze-Yin produced during the Malaspina Printmakers residency.


Reclaimed materials are stories in themselves.


A prototype of this collection was first shown as part of the "Our Language" Printermedia Residency exhibition series at at Malaspina Printmakers Society (1555 Duranleau St, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, Canada).

"Bloom Elsewhere" will return in January at VisualSpace Gallery.

Galleries: photographs from the opening reception

Portrait: Cicy at opening reception

Photography by Ingrid Valou, courtesy of VMAA

Cicy Ching Biography

Dr. Ching Sze-Yin, Cicy, was born and raised in Hong Kong. She studied fashion design at Seneca College and jewellery metalworking at OCAD University in Toronto between 1988 and 1992. In 1996, she set up her own studio in Hong Kong, and became a full-time practising artist, creating hand-made jewellery and small objects.

In 2002 she received a Bachelor's Degree (Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, Ceramics) from a collaborative programme between RMIT University in Australia and Hong Kong Art School in 2002. She subsequently obtained a full scholarship for her Master's studies (Master of Arts, Glass) at the University of Sunderland, UK. In 2013, she received her Doctorate of Fine Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia.

Her works have been exhibited in numerous countries and are held in several collections. In addition to her studio practice, Cicy began to teach part-time in 2005. In 2011, she became a full-time lecturer in studio jewellery and small metal at the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) of Hong Kong Baptist University.

She moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2021 and is now continuing her journey as a full-time practising artist, creating hand-made jewellery and small objects.





Be sure to check out Cicy's website to view her CV, and explore past presentations of her work.

Artist Statement

Above: Cicy's work at a presentation in Hong Kong.

Cicy uses fragmented and recycled materials in her creation. Her motivation is not only to engage in circular economy and environmental protection; it encapsulates reintegrating and sorting bits and pieces of her personal and collective memories.

Favourite toys from her childhood, obsolete daily objects, old-fashioned jewellery castings collected from long-gone factories, and pressed glass panels from old Chinese screen doors are some of the inspirations for Cicy’s creations. These are traces of the bygone days. She re-shapes, polishes, and combines these fragments of the past into small objects with her own hands using precious metal. She hopes these pieces would emit a bit of residual heat in this fleeting time and space.


兒時心愛的玩具,陳舊的日常用品,倒閉工場積存的過時首飾鑄件, 港式舊屏風上的海棠花玻璃…保存着逝去日子的痕跡、成了程詩賢創作的靈感來源。她通過用自己雙手把零碎的物件重新切割、打磨、並以貴金屬重新整合,好讓它們在稍遜即逝的時空下再發出點點的餘溫。

As of publication, Cicy continues to build her body of work as a resident of the Printermedia Artist Residency - Metal Arts stream at Malaspina's Howe Street Studios.


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