Artist Bios

Liyen Chong and Clara Chon

Liyen ChongLiyen Chong (b. 1979) currently lives and works in Auckland and completed her Masters at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Christchurch in 2003.  She has been awarded both the McCahon House Trust Residency for 2011 and the Asia New Zealand Foundation residency in South Korea. An artist of Malaysian-Chinese descent, Chong boldy negotiates Eastern and Western art forms, motifs and languages to create works that are conceptually rich and visually immaculate. She has been known to replicate the glossy typographical designs of advertising and to create unique self-portraits that combine painting, performance, and photography.  Chong is represented by Melanie Roger Gallery.

Clara Chon is originally from Seoul, Korea and has lived in Auckland, New Zealand, since she was ten. In 2011 she completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Elam and began her fashion label, Blue Blank.  Blue Blank items include leather harnesses; harness-inspired leatherwork bags; and hand-painted, hand-studded, leather jackets. Her largely exploratory practice spans across indecisive media of fashion and installation. Recent exhibitions include ‘Hyper Spectral Display’ at 55 Sydenham Road, Sydney and ‘Suicide Pavilions’ at Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin.

Liyen and Clara have collaborated on a new piece for A Different View.