Featuring a mixed media installation surrounded by two-dimensional drawings and paintings, Pamela Leung’s Shades of Red Ill, 2019, sees the artist’s exploration into identity and migration through the colour red.
Consisting of video, sound and participation performances, the installation will echo the voices of migrants and their personal experiences in Moment of Red, 2017. Leung shares: "Red, to me, is the universal colour that runs through humanity – the colour of blood.” The installation invites the audience to reflect beyond the biology, and extend this sentiment to our psychology and emotions, and thus, the forming of identity through experience.
Moment of Red features a series of interviews between the artist and immigrants from around the world. Leung asks them to cut through years of adaptation, evolution and construction of their identities – challenging them to reflect upon their cultural, national and global circumstances and belonging. It is a series of reduction, in hopes of collecting various anecdotes and histories where all participants will allow themselves to consider and remember their roots, and the very colour that runs through us.
Pamela Leung is a Sydney-based emerging artist, with a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the National Art School, 2016. Following this, Leung received the Emerging Artist Prize in the 65th Blake Prize 2018, as well as exhibiting widely in Australia, Taiwan, Sweden, Hong Kong, Paris, and now London.
For Leung, the most significant shaping of her identity came from her immigrating to Australia, from Hong Kong, in the 1970s as a part of the Chinese diaspora. She shares, "in the ensuing years of acclimatising to my environment, so much of my heritage has been lost, diluted and forgotten; to be replaced by new and eye-opening ideas and transformations of the self in the new world.”
The use of the colour red and a mixed media practice, combined with her migratory experience, allows the audience to meditate on the mundane routine, everyday life, relationships, connections, displacement and diaspora.