Jacky was born in Malaysia of Chinese heritage, and now resides in Yawuru Country also known as Broome. Her practice is fundamentally about identity and awareness through cultural activities and memories of home, country, and relationships. Her central focus is on correlating and weaving narratives from native experiences whilst mapping esoteric and social relationships of her origins and her new-found home, where she continues to question her notion of ‘home’, ‘belonging’ – ‘here and there’ and the ‘in between’.
Personal cultural histories of the most significant experiences were reflected, documented, and expressed using papers and fibres as the predominant mediums in her practice. Being away from her homeland allowed her to nurture her own identity and it became imperative that she keep her grandmother’s stories and teachings alive. She states “I now make to remember.”
Today, Jacky is an art lecturer at North Regional TAFE based in Broome. Her award-winning teaching accolades was also recognised at the state and national Vocational Education Training (VET) sector bestowed by the Australia Training Awards. She was also a finalist for the Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award by Awards Australia.