Sapira Cheuk
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  • United States
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Chinese & English
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My work has thus far primarily revolved around issues of the female body and its sexual experiences, particularly the duality of the sensual and repulsive quality of the female body and complex role of the submissive in a BDSM sub/dom relationship. My work takes conflicting and opposing ideas and organizes them in a way that creates a singular entity that embodies contradictory forces. I am interested in the tensions caused by opposing ideas, the balance of these tensions between self-contradictory forces and the hybrid products of opposing themes; therefore, I strive to create works that transcend the identity of the original and the documentation of the dialectic between these opposing forces within a body. In my abstract works, I choose to embody my concepts in the process of making. In Muscles and Hair, instead of focusing on illustrating a figure's features and thereby imposing a single narrative of female body or sexual experience, I use abstracted forms to draw the viewer into the erotic intensity and the implication of bodies through gestures of watery mass and detail mark making. The process of forming a body by dropping Indian ink in pools of water on paper may seems to be chaotic and difficult to control, as if the artist gave up artistic direction and allow the ink to produce the body, yet the reality of the process is very much dictated by artist. The water applied to the paper acts as the boundary of where the ink can spread, much like the boundaries set by the submissive for the dominate in a respectful sub/dom relationship. At the levels of depiction and process of its creation the paintings reenact the sub/dom relationship in order to revel the submissive as paradoxically the more powerful role in the sub/dom binary. For reasons I have yet to articulate clearly to myself, I felt compel to incorporate realistic body parts in my recent work. In series such as Bounded and Unbinding, the presences of recognizable figures add elements of surrealism to the abstracted images. The feminine disembodied hands are simultaneously tying the untying themselves from bonds, implying the capacity to both set and free itself from bonds. The nature of this abstract capacity is hinted at by the pools of ink, which not only suggest vaginal forms, but also refer to the recurrent image of the female body in my other works.
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MFA     California State University, San Bernardino expected 2016

BA       University of California, Riverside 2007


Selected Group Exhibitions and Participations:

2015 The Feminist Sex Shoppe, On the Ground Floor, Los Angeles CA Mar 28 - Apr 11

2015 Formation Gallery, SUBLMNAL, Pomona, CA, Mar 14

2015 The Big Draw, Catalyst Gallery, Beacon NY, Feb 27 - Mar 6

2015 Romancing Art, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside CA Feb 20 - Feb 25

2015 CHOAS, Orange Country Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana CA Feb 7 - Feb 22

2014 It’s Casual, The Robert and Frances Fullerton Musesum of Art, Dutton Family Gallery, San Bernardino CA Nov 6 - Dec 4

2014 The Mysterious Burial Mask: Information and Evidence, The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, San Bernardino CA Oct 9 - Oct 25

2014 RIBBA 500, Coastline Community College Gallery, Newport Beach CA Sept 12 - Oct 11

2014 Washi Print Making with Paper of Fukui, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton CA Jul 10 - Sept 28

2014 Edible Matters - The Seeds of Interconnectivity, tAd Gallery, Denton TX Apr 11 - May 2

2014 Tiny Thoughts, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamonga, Mar 24 - May 9

2014 Thank You For Failing, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco CA Mar 17 - May 9 

2014 Galley Tally, For Your Art, Los Angeles CA Mar 29 - Apr 25

2014 DISINTEGRATION | Temporal Installation amid uninterrupted spaces, CSU Fullerton Visual Art Quad CA Feb 15

2013 CollaborationX, Pixel Gallery, Riverside CA Dec 5-27

2013 Visual Resource Center, CSU San Bernardino CA Nov 2013- Jul 2014

2013 Artist Books and Cookies, Ooga Booga, Los Angeles CA Jun 29-Jun 30

2013 6x6x2013, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY Jun 2-Jun 15

2013 For Your Art, 24 hours donut city, Los Angeles CA Apr 20-21

2013 The Da Center for the Arts, East meets West, Pomona CA Mar 9 -Mar 30 

2012 Doing Your Dirty Work, Center for Sex & Culture, San Fran CA Aug 4 - Sep 1

2012 6 x 6 x 2012, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY Jun 2 - Jul 15

2012 New Action in Painting, 4141 Garage, San Diego CA May 19 - Jun 20

2012 Fawn Collective, Fawn Gallery, Costa Mesa CA  May 12 - Jun 12

2012 Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco Online Featured Artist April

2012 Art On The Move, White Wall Gallery, San Francisco CA Feb 18 

2011 Artscape, Riverside County Administrative Center, Riverside CA Oct - Mar 2012

2011 Flag Stop Art, Torrance CA Sept. 3-4 

2011 Portland Zine Symposium, Refuge Pdx, Portland OR Aug. 3-4

2011 Chain Letter, Shosahana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles CA Jul - Aug

2011 Chain Letter, Swarm of Consciousness, Online Jul.

2011 Sea No Evil, Riverside Auditorium, Riverside CA Jun 25

2011 Saturation, Back to the Grind, Riverside CA May 26-30

2011 Gurr Fair, Santa Ana, CA May 21

2011 Inside Out Project, Online, Mar - Current

2010 Happy Hour, Memphis Gallery, Santa Ana CA Nov 6-28

2006 How’d you like them apples, UCR BA Grad Show, Riverside CA May-Jun

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