Offerings to a Past SelfSharon Leung
construction paper, newsprint, found images printed on sticker paper, linen thread, PVA glue, smythe sewn.14.25 x 6.25 inches
Artist Statement

The process of making this book was a way to offer something physical to my past self - a bookmark as a way to move on in a new city. How can one mark evolution within oneself when the work is so deep and personal? The process was investigating the process itself - trusting it, being fully present and immersed. It embraced undoing old patterns, and overthinking - a practice of unpracticing. It was playful like making crafts as children with different types of paper, stickers and folding.

While growing up Chinese in Toronto, the ritual of burning offerings for ones who have passed was a tradition of care for the deceased and for the living. The meditative folding of the paper money, the gathering of colourful clothes, and objects and then throwing them into the fire. Written notes to my past self are folded inward and hold impactful elements of my present self. Both selves are acknowledged at this specific season of my life - an act of care for both.


Sharon Leung is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She spent 8 years studying and working as an architect in New York City and is currently based in Los Angeles, California. As a second generation Chinese Canadian, her own racial awakening and chronic migraines fuel a lot of her curiosities around the mind-body connection. Using research, cultural critique and lived experience, Sharon dwells between the mystical and conflicting vectors of living in America. Sharon holds degrees in architecture from Columbia University and Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson).

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