MICHELLE KUEN SUET FUNG
Michelle Kuen Suet Fung is a visual artist and art educator whose ambitious ongoing oeuvre revolves around a grand narrative of a dystopian world set in the year 2084. With bold and unfettered imagination, subtle humour, and delicate pathos, she weaves acute observations of the early twenty-first century into an absurd, fantastical landscape populated with plastic-eating humans, flying elephants, and islands floating in the sky, and frequently alludes to literary influences such as Orwell and Swift. Her works present a fictional geopolitical map of a bizarre future, one impacted by changes in the Anthropocene. Fung’s works span a broad range of media including text, books, drawing, painting, printmaking, installation, performances and short films, each chosen carefully for its inherent historical and experiential implications.
Her newest exhibition, Polluta, Floating Artist Colony in the Sky (2019) at Firstdraft, Sydney, Australia was the first by a Hong Kong artist at the oldest artist-run gallery in the country. Her recent exhibition Polluta, Floating Artist Colony in the Sky (2018) at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, California, USA, was the non-profit gallery’s first show by a Hong Kong artist and one of the most successful in its forty-year history. Her award-winning book Tin Hung Gaau Jy 天空膠雨 (Joint Publishing, 2017) tells a cautionary dystopian tale of a future where a frenzy of plastic consumption (i.e., lifesaver donuts, telephone hotdogs) has led humans past the point of no return. Her work Plastic, plastic, every where! received the Grotto Award, Hong Kong Baptist University (2015) and Award of Excellence, Fourth Greater China Illustration Awards (2016). Her exhibition I Don’t Know if You Know How Much I Love You (2012) was the inaugural solo show at Hi Art, a gallery owned by Beijing art tycoon Wu Jing. She has participated in prestigious artist residencies including Banff Centre, Canada; Island Institute, Alaska; and Art Omi, New York (recipient of the Cecily Brown Fellowship).
Polluta, Floating Artist Colony in the Sky. Firstdraft. Sydney, Australia.
Plastic, plastic, every where! (part of HKUST Arts Festival 2019) Tsang Shiu Tim Art Hall and Learning Commons, Lee Shau Kee Library, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.
Plastic, plastic, every where! Kubrick, Hong Kong.
Haugesund International Festival of Artistic Relief Printing. Juried exhibition. Haugesund Museum of Fine Art, Haugesund, Norway.
The Hong Kong Visual Arts 45th Annual Exhibition, the Rotunda, Exchange Square, Hong Kong.
Artists’ Annual Exhibition. Kala Art Gallery, Berkeley, U.S.A.
Mini-ArtBook Fair. Kowloon City Art Festival, West Kowloon Art Park, Hong Kong.
Polluta, Floating Artist Colony in the Sky. Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, California, USA.
The Hong Kong Visual Arts 44th Annual Exhibition. Lingnan Tiandi, Foshan, China.
Visions Present and Future, the Hong Kong Visual Arts 43rd Annual Exhibition. Art Experience Gallery, Hong Kong.
Un/Cover. Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
City as Metaphors. Connecting Space, Hong Kong.
Here. Graduation Exhibition of Master of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. Kai Tai Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University. Hong Kong
*80/20. Art Projects Gallery, Hong Kong.
248 Days of School. Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
The Art Bank in the 21st Century. Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery. Halifax, Canada.
ART 13. Michael Goedhuis Gallery. London, U.K.
LA Art Show 2013. Michael Goedhuis Gallery. Los Angeles, U.S.A.
The Art Bank in the 21st Century. Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University. Kingston, Canada.
*I Don’t Know if You Know How Much I Love You. hi art store. Beijing, China.
Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair Hong Kong 2012 Young Artists Special Exhibition <Very, Vary> . Mandarin Oriental. Hong Kong.