Twardzik Ching Chor Leng has been practising Installation Art and Land Art for more than 10 years. She has exhibited extensively in group and solo exhibitions internationally and locally. Founder of the Arts group, Landing Space that is active in promoting Land Art in Singapore, she is also an independent curator as well as a member of WITA (Women in the Arts). A regular recipient of meritorious awards and scholarships including the Hanna Kristmanson Ceramic Scholarship, the Ceramics Canada Award, and the Crown Life Entrance Award, she has recently been nominated for the President's Young Talent Award 2009.
Public commissions of Leng's work include an installation at the Esplanade in 2003, the Singapore Art Show 2005 at City Link Mall and at the Singapore Management University. The National Museum of Singapore has also commissioned her to create public interactive art works in 2006, 2007 & 2008. She has been invited to exhibit her work at the National Institute of Education Gallery and the Singapore Art Museum in 2009. Corporate collectors of her work include Crown Life Canada and the University of Regina.
Leng holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Regina, Canada, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and a Diploma in Ceramic Arts from Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada. She has lectured in Lasalle College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She was the Head of Fine Arts at the NUS High School of Maths & Science from 2004-2009. In 2009, she joined the National Institute of Education (NIE) as a lecturer.
Every space is an art space
As the popular Beuysian saying goes, 'Every man is an Artist', the logical spatial definition would then follow 'Every space is an Art Space'. A serious artist begins with showing in the 'right' spaces, the spaces delineated as 'art spaces', where art is worshiped, and legitimised. The artists who show in these spaces are thereby anointed as 'established'. Joseph Beuy's proposal re-opened the definition of art, artist and ultimately that of the art space.
Twardzik Ching Chor Leng's interest is in exploring the boundaries of art both outside and within traditional art spaces. Adapting the artwork to the specific needs of the space often informs her aesthetic approaches.
By installing art works in such varied places as neighbourhood cafés, office spaces, underground tunnels, old warehouses and shopping malls as well as museums and galleries, Leng underscores the theory that art can exist anywhere. Leng creates a platform where the environment and/or its audience play a vital role in the life of the artwork. Her site-specific installations and sculptures are often made out of local materials from where ever it is that she resides at the time, thereby creating a physical and actual connection between the work, the place and its viewers. Using art to affect a material and often-public manifestation of social-consciousness is integral to her work.