We had the good fortune of connecting with Ching Ching Cheng and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ching Ching, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
It is definitely not an easy task for me to balance life with two little children and work! It changes every year and I have learned to go with the flow. Instead of trying to keep the same schedules for my work, I create time in between busy life with kids, and also adapt new medium for making art according to the space and time I have.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Space is the product of relations and is always in the process of becoming. How I perceive my own identity is bound to the space I have created. As an artist I am interested in the relationship between identity and space. More specifically how the physical environment is juxtaposed with gender, culture, society, economics and politics. Adapting, resisting, transforming, and accepting are the nature of what I call the “in-between” stages. This progression between stages has become an important focus of my work. The psychological transition of rethinking and revaluing global politics and economics from becoming a United State citizen after living in America for sixteen years. Not only being a daughter, but at the same time also being a mother in America where I call home now allows me navigating my roles in between generational relationships through storytelling. What we once were and what we have become is a cognitive representation of our identities. We need to look back into our history, culture and tradition in order to move forward. With this in mind I encourage the viewers of my work to further discuss the identity within their space and how their own identities change or adapt to the space they live in.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take my friend to check out all the museums, like LACMA, MOCA, and Hammer Museum. Also there are so many great galleries in Los Angeles, like Commonwealth and Council, Visitor Welcome Center, Underground Museum, Night Gallery, Joan Los Angeles, Francois Ghebaly Gallery… etc.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Just recently graduated from Art Center College of Design MFA program, I really appreciated all the faculties and my committees, Bruce Hainley, Diana Thater, Stan Douglas, Patti Podesta, Gabrielle Jennings, and Kelly Akashi, for the conversations over the past two years! Also I want to shoutout to my cohorts, Sean Randolph, Manyu Gao, Tara Walters, Gabriel Madan, Juliana Halpert, Alexandra Nazari, Edgar Ramirez, Gillian Steiner, Ethan Tate, Carson Lynn, and Darius Turner. Love you all!
Images are stills from my video works. Cinematographer: Aakash Raj