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Acrylic paint on an abandoned skateboard


Winner - Reused / Recycled Materials Award - Reimagine Art Prize
Exhibited at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, 18 May - 4 June 2023

Finalist - National Emerging Art Prize 2023

Exhibited at Michael Reid Art Bar, Pyrmont, 1 November - 13 November 2023

Finalist - North Sydney Art Prize 2024

Exhibited at The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Waverton, 11 May - 2 June 202

I turned a beat-up skateboard scavenged from a council clean-up into an imitation of a silk painting. My work is loosely based on a hanging scroll by Ming Dynasty master Qiu Ying (Fording the Stream, After Liu Songnian).

I wanted to connect with my identity as a Chinese-Australian artist and found Ying’s work in a 1989 magazine, also in a council clean up. The monsters I added refer to the destructive forces around us that are so familiar they are part of the landscape.

To me, a monster is excessive consumerism that thrives on cold indifference to the fact that many of the things we buy are slave-made. The waste generated when these things are discarded - that’s another monster.

Tantalisingly cheap online stores and their next-day deliveries seem like wonderlands, but they are wastelands that create landfill. If we are curious about waste, it will be harder for monsters to hide.


Acrylic paint on plywood framed in Tasmanian blackwood

Exhibited at:

  • UPLIFT, the Wet Paint Collective’s March 2024 show at the Balmain Watch House

  • ONWARD, the Wet Paint Collective’s March 2024 show at the Art Gallery on Darling


Lexi is a close friend, a snowboarder, a traveller, an art director and an ace photographer. She loves wild places, abandoned places, crisply cold places and nostalgic places. At the time I painted this, I had a pneumothorax and could not fly, so Tasmania was out of reach for me. But as Lexi provided her superb shot of Cradle Mountain for me to paint from, I could see Tasmania through her eyes, I could almost touch it, I could feel as though I was standing where she stood, taking it all in.

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best friends


Acrylic paint and wood varnish on plywood box lid

Finalist - Biblio Art Prize 2023

Exhibited at Blarney Books and Art, Port Fairy, 9 December 2023 to end of summer 2024

This piece responds to the Australian novel All That's Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien. Its surrealistic style nods to the nightmare state the heroine Ky Tran finds herself in after her teenage brother, Denny, is shot dead in a Cabramatta restaurant. Ky's mother burns 'hell money' for her son, and also paper 'servants' because Denny died so young that she thinks he won't be able to take care of himself in the afterlife. Two coffin nails pin the hell money into place and the piece is aged because the story is set in 1996. Migrant families are famously frugal so this piece is painted on a salvaged plywood box lid that the artist stained with old, dark Estapol - perhaps the only way a family like the Trans could have the type of rich dark wood that was popular in the '90s.

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best friends


Acrylic paint on wooden board, framed in Tasmanian oak

Finalist - Hornsby Art Prize 2023

Exhibited at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, 20 October – 5 November 2023

This small-scale work reflects the paradox of how the tiniest objects can have the greatest impact. In this still life,  each of the books have enlarged my inner life. The creatures are each souvenirs gathered from Paris, Stockholm and Oslo. These tiny things from big adventures make the world feel smaller. The other things may be humble but have outsized personal significance: the lamp, scavenged from the side of a road, illuminates my nightly drawing practice. The begonia cutting in an empty coffee jar refers to a desperate attempt to reinvigorate a get-well gift. The green paint is the same house paint used to refurbish a dollhouse also rescued from the side of the road.



Acrylic paint and salvaged wood varnish on wooden board


Finalist - Little Things Art Prize 2023

Exhibited at Saint Cloche, Paddington, 27 September– 8 October 2023

Haw Flakes are an old-fashioned Chinese lolly that remind me of my dad, who I miss terribly. Sometimes love is a little roll of candies.

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Acrylic paint on wooden board 


Exhibited at :

  • BLEND, the Wet Paint Collective’s August 2023 show at the Balmain Watch House

  • ONWARD, the Wet Paint Collective’s March 2024 show at Art Gallery on Darling

My Krasue ghost character surges out of the bounds of a tarot card – XXIII indicating death. Though formidable, my character is a comforting protector who can chase away your other fears. Death is usually depicted in the Rider-Waite Tarot as riding a horse – my ghost wraps around a horse’s skull.

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Acrylic paint on scrap leather 


This painting, held in a private collection in Vancouver, depicts a death’s-head hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos). It deliberately includes the marks made by the leather’s previous user; they are a feature, not a flaw. The texture of the leather exaggerates the texture of the moth. 

Fear is Protection


Acrylic paint on wooden board

Exhibited at the Wet Paint Collective’s March 2023 group show at the Balmain Watch House 


What if our biggest fears keep our nightmares away? Krasue, Grumpy Ghosts, Stitch Bear, Anonymous Rabbit, Slender Woman and Bound Mermaid, my original characters, all represent healing and protection despite how strange and frightening the world can be. 

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View more artwork here

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