Fascinated by transformation and metamorphosis, Owen Leong’s photographic portraits visualise a hybrid Asian-Australian body with native Australian moths. His work evolves from the premise that identities are fluid and constantly transforming. Leong’s work uses the body and skin as a surface across which social and cultural forces are transmitted. Paired with sculptural anatomical organs, Leong takes his investigation of the body inside us, where substance and matter is in a continuous state of change.
A three-time finalist in the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, Owen Leong has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Art Gallery of NSW and Asialink. Leong has been a finalist in the prestigious Bowness Photography Prize, and was awarded the People’s Choice Award in 2010. He has held residencies at Artspace, Sydney; Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester; Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris and Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan. His work has been included in major international group exhibitions at the Liverpool Biennial Independents, Liverpool; National Museum of Poznan, Poland; Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; and Today Art Museum, Beijing.