URSULA CHENG: Cloud Sutra
OPEN DAY EVENT 25/03/17, 3-6PM
Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng AKA MISSU is a Chinese & Northern-Irish born, Scottish based illustrator and visual live drawing mixed media artist. Cheng will be showcasing new artwork alongside previous experimental works whilst residing at the ARTshed project space. This exhibition will explore a collision between mural illustration, performative live drawing and participatory work.
Over this month of March Ursula has proposed to visually narrate two intertwining roots. Ancient historic accounts and personal stories from the artist’s mixed heritage will evolve into the progressing mural artwork. Visitors will be invited to digitally draw with the artist over the exhibiting week or observe the progressive drawings through the working stages.
House for an Art Lover have welcomed the artist to engage with two participating workshop groups demonstrating techniques and digital projection.
‘The title 'Cloud Sutra' is taken from the fabricated document commissioned from a monk by Empress Wu Zetian (750 BC) proclaiming herself as a female deity and rightful heir. Her epic ascension came from eliminating everyone around her, ruthlessly cutting limbs off and killing babies. However this empowered female figure was able to innovate, implement effective social changes, promote Buddhist spiritual well being and campaign to elevate the position of women throughout the Empire. She is a fascinating and complex character to discover’ explains Ursula on beginning her motivating thematic research.
Travel sketchbooks and personal diaries play an important role in Ursula's image making process, with an ongoing pursuit to find innovative ways to depict her experiences through her playful use of colour and distinct illustrative style. Fantasy, surreal realities and dreamy nostalgia absorb into her intricate and riotous ink drawings. Empowered contoured females and warriors take centre focus in these abundant landscapes.
Broad influences from street art, folkloric tales, relics, religious artwork, architecture to Asian cartoons all collide into two-dimensional line work that presents a conversation on the hyper-real future, social ideals and expectations of the female individual. There is thoughtful and dubious observation on modern ritualistic behaviour within the subjects.
In an age of digital culture and information overload, Ursula's work to seeks to harness the power of the restless hyperactive mind.
This project has been generously supported by Creative Scotland.