Ling Chiu

Ling’s work shifts between themes of memory, empire and migration, underpinned by formal explorations of printmaking processes. Her new 'Studies and Songs' series are lyrical compositions developed directly on the press, using alternative processes and materials within etching, lithography and screenprinting.

Her continuing body of work, ‘Pigeons’, is inspired by the mass population of squatters occupying the Royal Iris, an abandoned ferry near her studio in Woolwich. Individual birds are lovingly set against bright colours and cherry blossoms, while anonymous interloper communities perch unwanted aboard ship.

Chiu graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with an MFA in 2007, and is currently Artist-in-Residence at Thames-side Print Studio.

She has worked as a technician in studios and higher education for the last 15 years, researching inclusive pedagogy in making spaces. Chiu is currently transitioning her traditional studio practice to lower toxicity and more sustainable printmaking methods, a project funded by Arts Council England.