About

Bettina FUNG WAN SHAN
Bettina Fung (Chinese name: Fung Wan Shan)'s work spans across fine art, illustration and filmmaking, with drawing at the centre of her practice. She originally trained in computer animation at Bournemouth University (NCCA), where her animated short Sushi was screened at exhibitions and festivals in the UK and Australia. She has since worked as a video editor and now fully dedicates herself with her artistic practice.

Past collaborations include Strange Factories – an immersive feature film produced by FoolishPeople, How to Kill Bears – a comic anthology published by Disconnected Press and the Cock No.7 art collective fanzine (2010 - 2011), where one of the issues was selected and included in Tate Britain’s Rude Britannia exhibition in summer 2010. The collective also organised art events, one of which was held at the Barbican in 2010.

Art Statement:

Fung’s work often consists of erratic webs of fine lines over coloured backgrounds. The lines depict movements and energy, merging together to suggest forms, where different viewers are able to perceive different images. Fung is interested in depicting states that are “in transit”, moving from one situation to another but always at the point before something is fully manifested or the destination reached. Movement is an important aspect in her work. She is inspired by Taoist teachings of the Tao, the life source that encompasses all things that is also dynamic and in continual flux, and liminality, an uncertain state when nothing is fully formed and anything could happen.

The human need for control, and the urge to form meaning and structure out of chaos is an ongoing theme in her work. Fung’s earlier works are more representational, depicting human figures formed by fine lines, where anatomy was a key inspiration. These works helped shaped a process that became a tug of war between holding on to and letting go of control. These works were mostly unplanned and involved confronting the vast emptiness on the paper by spontaneous mark making and subsequently responding to these marks and directing them into figures. Finding herself more drawn to the unknown and learning to be familiar with instinct, she expanded her process by incorporating automatic drawing* with the aim to lose the self in the act of art making. From then on, her work became more abstract, ritualistic and performative. The no mind state (Mushin) was a key motivation.

Fung has exhibited throughout London, South East England and abroad. In April 2014, she was awarded the a-n Artist Information Company's New Collaborations Bursary to collaborate with designer Mike Kann to investigate the creative potential within the interplay between design, interactive and embedded technologies and traditional art methods.

*Automatic drawing was a technique adopted by Austin O Spare, an English artist and occultist, who believed fundamental static truths lie dormant within us in our subconscious mind and could be released by disposing all rationalising and objective thinking through automatic drawing.

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Selected Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibition

2010

Heartache; Keiko Camden, London, UK

Group Exhibition

2014

Guerrilla Zoo's Modern Panic V; Apiary Studios, London, UK

2013

Annual Open #28; CGP Gallery, London, UK

Bad Behaviour presents...chART; Brixton East, London, UK

Zeitgeist Art Projects Summer Exhibition; London, UK

21 Artists: London (also exhibited as part of RE:Think Festival); 3Space's Blackfriars Hub, London, UK

Anonymous Drawing 2013; Kunstverein Tiergarten Galerie Nord, Berlin, Germany; Galerie Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig, Germany; Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Neitherlands

I am. Interrupted (part of One Billion Rising UK Art Festival); The Doodle Bar, Battersea, London, UK

2012

Seeing in the Dark; The Fletcher Centre, Rye, UK

ALAS Autumn Residency 2012 Exhibition; Matt Roberts Arts Gallery, London, UK

It came from the East; House of Vostrovska Gallery, London, UK

2010

Manifestation171210 Performance (as part of Barbican Late Christmas Bazaar); Barbican, London, UK

Film Festival and TV Broadcast:

2006

Animated Exeter (UK) (‘SUSHI’ – animated short)

Supershort Film Festival (UK) (‘SUSHI’ – animated short)

BBC The Big Screen (UK) (‘SUSHI’ – animated short)

2006 - 2007

Community Channel (UK) (‘SUSHI’ – animated short)

Propeller TV (UK) (‘SUSHI’ – animated short)

Melbourne Community TV UHF (Australia) (‘SUSHI’ – animated short)