Junnie Wang, Somewhere in Between, 2023. Willow charcoal on  Ivory Canson Mi-Teintes Paper (160gsm), each sheet 63 x 49 cm. Image courtesy: the artist. 

Artist statement

Somewhere in Between (2023) is a triptych drawing series that depicts the cultural hybridisation of my experiences as a Chinese-Vietnamese residing in Australia. Over the course of several weeks, willow charcoal has been layered to manipulate tonal densities, reflecting the dissolution of my identity. This artwork delves into the complexities faced by cultural chameleons as they balance belonging, authenticity, and adaptability, within a world where they have yet to find a place of their own. 

Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.