Joni Cheung

1st Year, Sculpture


Joni Cheung is a grateful, uninvited guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and Kanien’kehá:ka peoples. She is currently working towards her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics at Concordia University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in Visual Art (2018) from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She has exhibited and curated shows at Centre A: the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Vancouver; the Capture Photography Festival in both 2017 and 2018; the Audain Gallery, Vancouver; and has been featured in CBC Arts; LotusLand; Canada Line Transit BC Public Art Program; and the Vancouver Art Book Fair, among other spaces and platforms.


“Bring back as souvenirs | Give away back home as souvenirs” (2019 - Ongoing) came out of my interest in the “good morning towel”, a banal object I always saw here and there but didn’t think much of until I saw it Mill6CHAT as a display. Seeing it as a non-functional object in a museum, shifted my perspective and relationship with it. I became curious about the origins of the towel. I couldn’t find any sources that are traditionally (more) valued within the academic sphere (peer reviewed literature, published books etc.) to support my research — so I started sifting through Facebook groups and personal blogs to pick out phrases that in some way depicted how you would see people interacting with the towels. I ended up picking 4 phrases to screen-print onto 40 towels. They were hand washed and hung on clothing lines to dry in an installation where the audience could walk through/around them. This work was a way for me to track and reflect on the migratory paths of the Chinese diaspora.

Bring back as souvenirs | Give away back home as souvenirs (2019 - Ongoing)
Dimensions vary. Materials: Hand screen-printed "good morning towels" (hand-washed and hung to dry), clothesline rope, plastic basins and buckets.