Rachel Cheung obtained a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (majoring in ceramics); and a master’s degree from the University of Sunderland (glass making) and another one in fine arts from Middlesex University. A recipient of the Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition (currently the “Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards”) Best Works award in 2001 and “Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme II” award, Hong Kong, in 2002, Cheung was sponsored by Gulbenkian Fund to join the North Lands Creative Glass Residency in 2004. In 2006, she was invited to participate in the International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in Vallauris in France, and the Setouchi Triennale Project of Fukutake House/Asia Art Platform in Japan. Her works are collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong Heritage Museum and Taiwan Yingge Ceramics Museum.
In her creative process, Rachel Cheung employs ceramics, glass and ephemeral materials in exploration of equilibrium and relationship. She believes that the state of equilibrium can be interpreted from physical, philosophical and spiritual perspectives. Equilibrium is about changes and relationship. Changes give rise to subtle transformation, different forms of energy, and the formation of new relationships, which in turn lead to deep and long-lasting impacts. Cheung’s works aim to inject a sense of tension in the viewers.
The many elements of the earth, alongside collaboration and interaction between people, objects and events, constitute the unforeseeable future. New events will become the elements for what follows in time. The vitality of the earth, prospering or diminishing, hinges on every subtle move of the humankind.