Allyson Hamblett profiles fellow artist Yung Chen:
Yung Chen has been attending Spark Centre for about 5 years. He uses an unique blend of colours and textures to create art work that takes the viewer on a journey of self discovery. Yung’s inspiration for his art comes from visiting art galleries, but this is only a small part of this artist’s life.
One can easily get lost in Yung’s work because of the unique blend of intense and subtle colours. The viewer then takes a look at the title of his work, which is always thought provoking and persuades the viewer to take another look, then think about what they’ve just seen. The story behind Yung’s work explains why the artist is so provocative.
Yung Chen’s goal in life is to challenge what people think about disability – to become an advocate for disabled people. He hates the way people fail to see beyond the wheelchair. “People never took me seriously because I was in a wheelchair – people would just walk away from me.” Yung loves Spark because this is the space where he can create art by himself, and be takenseriously as an artist. He loves talking to people, and is always looking for opportunities he can contribute to Spark Centre. Yung likes to tell people what he can do through his art – challenging people’s assumptions about disability in the process. “We can do whatever we put our mind too – I hate people looking at the wheelchair and not the person.”
Banner Image: Under the water sea, Yung Chen, 2014