SCMP Interview: Our Time, Sharon Cheung | 20220819

19 August, 2022

Photo: Jonathan Wong

Wanting to switch up her mundane life, media veteran and artist Sharon Cheung Po-wah decided to return to school for a three-year fine arts programme in early 2019. Little did she know she would be creating artwork during some of the most tumultuous years of her life.

To chronicle her lived experience, Cheung painted dozens of portraits as the world around her changed rapidly.

From the social unrest of 2019 to the implementation of the National Security Law in Hong Kong in 2020, isolation during the coronavirus pandemic and the migration of many friends away from the city, the breakneck speed of change stimulated her to create the series as a cathartic release.

Photo: Jonathan Wong