Transcript: Judy Cheung | Oct 02, 1992

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Colourful geometric shapes slide slowly on the screen with the title “ARTS AND YOUTH” on a grey textured background.

A close up of a painting zooms out to show a colorful impressionistic flower painting with yellow, green, blue, and purple and orange. Then another scan shows a painting of white flowers.

A girl kid voice says I BELIEVE THAT A GOOD ARTIST
HAS TO BE OPEN-MINDED
ABOUT ISSUES, HAS TO HAVE
CREATIVITY AND CAN'T BE LAZY,
BECAUSE ARTWORK
TAKES A LONG TIME.
AND TO BE REALLY DEDICATED,
YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN
THE CAUSES OF WHAT
YOU'RE TRYING TO DO,
AND YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN
JUST GETTING THE JOB DONE
AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND
HAVE FAITH THAT YOUR IDEAS
WILL AT LEAST SUPPORT
WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.

A girl appears. She’s in her teens, with shoulder-length black hair, and wears a pink sweater and earrings.

A caption reads Judy Cheung. Judy sits in a studio with several paintings behind her. Then a painting by Judy appears that shows mountains and below bright and bold geometric shapes and colours. Three birds are hidden in the painting.

Judy says MY THEME FOR THIS
YEAR IS HUMANS
AND THEIR ROLE
IN NATURE.
AND I WAS INFLUENCED BY
MY WORLD ISSUES CLASS,
BECAUSE WORLD ISSUES - A LOT
OF THINGS ARE HAPPENING NOW
BETWEEN HUMANS AND NATURE.
WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT HOW THE
WORLD IS BEING DESTROYED
AND HOW THE OZONE LAYER IS
BEING DEPLETED AND DESTROYED,
AND GLOBAL WARMING
IS IN EFFECT.
SO, I WAS REALLY
TAKING THAT SERIOUSLY.
MY PIECE “BRAZIL”
DEPICTS FIVE BIRDS.
AND IF YOU CAN LOOK CLOSELY
OR FIND THEM SOMEHOW,
THEY'RE IN THERE.
BUT MAINLY WHAT I'M TRYING
TO SAY IS THAT IN BRAZIL,
THE FORESTS HAVE
BEEN DEPLETED;
THEY'VE BEEN CUT DOWN AND
BURNT DOWN JUST FOR HUMANS.
THERE ARE A LOT OF BIRDS
AND SPECIES OF ANIMALS
THAT HAVE BEEN LEFT
EXTINCT AND HOMELESS.
AND A LOT OF THEM HAVE
BEEN DESTROYED.
SO I'M TRYING TO SAY
THAT THEY'RE ALL
BEING SQUISHED
INTO ONE PLACE.

A close up shot of another painting displays a Nike shoe, then the past photo of the impressionistic flower. Then Judy sculpts a piece of clay.

Judy continues I GET MY IDEAS FROM
TELEVISION, BOOKS, NEWSPAPER,
THINGS THAT I SEE
IN REAL LIFE.
THERE'S AN ART PIECE THAT I'VE
DONE AND IT'S A FLOWER;
IT'S KIND OF IMPRESSIONISTIC.
IT WAS INSPIRED BY AN
ANTI-HISTAMINE COMMERCIAL,
WHERE A FLOWER POLLINATES AND
THE POLLEN IS SHOOTING OUT,
SO I WAS INSPIRED BY THAT.
IT'S KIND OF FUNNY.
BECAUSE SOMETHING SO ORDINARY
LIKE A TELEVISION COMMERCIAL
COULD MAKE ME DO
SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
I LIKE CLAY BECAUSE IT'S
A NEW MEDIUM FOR ME.
AND I FIND IT DIFFERENT FROM
TWO-DIMENSIONAL PIECES
THAT I'VE DONE
PREVIOUSLY,
BECAUSE IT'S A LOT
MORE FLEXIBLE
AND I CAN MANIPULATE IT
A LOT EASIER.
FOR EXAMPLE, IF I HAD
AN ACRYLIC PAINTING
AND I HAD A MISTAKE AND
I WANTED TO GO OVER IT,
IT WOULD BE HARD
FOR ME TO DO THAT
BECAUSE I'D HAVE TO
MIX COLOURS OVER AGAIN
AND JUST REAPPLY
EVERYTHING OVER IT.
AND IT WOULD JUST BE
A VERY COMPLICATED,
TIME-CONSUMING PIECE
ALL OVER AGAIN.
AND WITH CLAY, I
CAN JUST TAKE WATER
AND REMOULD IT IN ANY
SHAPE THAT I WANT
AND I FIND THAT A LOT
MORE INTERESTING TO DO
AND EASIER FOR ME.
I THINK THAT ART
IS VERY DIFFERENT
FROM MY OTHER SUBJECTS.
BECAUSE FOR EXAMPLE, I TAKE PHYSICS
AND MATHS AND THOSE
HAVE A CERTAIN ANSWER
TO IT, A RIGHT ANSWER.
IF YOU DO ONE MISTAKE
ON A QUESTION,
YOU CAN GET THE
WHOLE THING WRONG.
BUT WITH ART, YOU CAN'T
HAVE ANY WRONG ANSWERS
BECAUSE IT'S YOUR OWN CREATIVITY
AND IT'S YOUR OWN EXPRESSION
AND NO ONE IS
GOING TO SAY,
OH, YOU DID THIS WRONG
AND YOU DID THIS RIGHT,
BECAUSE THERE ARE
NO LIMITS TO ART.

Judy paints on a brick wall at her school with several other artists.

Judy continues I FIND THAT THERE'S A LOT
OF CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
FOR STUDENTS, BECAUSE THERE
ARE SO MANY JOBS OUT THERE
THAT CATER TO THESE PEOPLE.
AND I THINK ADVERTISING AND
PUBLICATION OF BOOKS,
ILLUSTRATIONS, A LOT OF
THESE THINGS ARE GOOD
JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR
STUDENTS WHO WANT TO PURSUE
THEIR ART CAREER.
IN MY OWN EXPERIENCE IT
HAS HELPED ME TO BE
A MORE SENSITIVE PERSON AND TO
LOOK AT THINGS AND TO VIEW
OTHER ASPECTS OF LIFE AT A
MORE OPEN POINT OF VIEW.
IT'S ALLOWED ME TO
LOOK FOR DETAIL,
LOOK FOR MEANINGS - HIDDEN
MEANINGS, DOUBLE MEANINGS -
AND I THINK THAT ANYONE WHO TAKES
IT WILL LEARN THE SAME.
I THINK THAT ART IS A
REFLECTION OF SOCIETY
AND A REFLECTION OF THE
CULTURE OF WHAT EVERYONE
IN THAT CERTAIN
CULTURE BELIEVES.
AND I THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT
FOR PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE
TO HAVE ARTWORKS SO
THEY CAN SEE,
OH, THIS IS HOW IT
WAS BACK THEN,
THIS IS WHAT THEY
BELIEVED IN.
AND I THINK THAT'S
IMPORTANT BECAUSE
YOU HAVE TO KEEP
CULTURE ALIVE.

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The end credits roll.

Producer
Gladys Richards

Associate Producer
Nicole Hallett

Camera
Richard Grunberg

Executive Producer
Kathryn McFarlane

Special Thanks to:
Strathroy District
Collegiate Institue
Strathroy, Ontario

A Production of
TVOntario
The Ontario Educational
Communications Authority MCMXCII

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