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.
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.
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.
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.