Chee Yong

Journey to the West: Camping Stories, 2018

Oil

180 x 90 CM

From the artist

The West is an enigma. For years, it was seen as a hostile place, resistant to change. Yet, in spite of its remoteness and wildness, it is an area embedded with historical aboriginal settlements, convict history and environmental protests. Journey to the West: Camping Stories reframes contemporary landscape painting via story telling and myth making. Despite its playfulness, it is a cautionary tale of the difficult relationship we have with nature and landscape. The painting seeks to reassess our ideological baggage of the Tasmanian landscape, long held and fought over by various interest groups as we flutter between ecocentrism and anthropocentrism. Amidst its discordant background of ancient forest and moss-covered grounds, Journey to the West: Camping Stories presents a need for re-enchantment and silliness in the face of ecological kitsch and romantic delusions about the Tasmanian landscape. And so we drink and be merry in the forest in the West, telling jokes and stories around the campfire.

Artist background

Lives and works in Launceston. Exhibiting since 2011 including finalist in John Leslie Art Prize, Victoria 2014; Flanaghan Art Prize, Victoria 2014; City of Albany, WA 2014; Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Art Prize, NSW 2014; Glover Art Prize 2013; & Burnie Print Prize 2012.

Represented by Brave Gallery, Longford.