Born 1947 Luang Prabang Province, Laos
Lives and works in
Luang Prabang, Laos
Tcheu Siong is an ethnic Hmong artist whose unique, large-scale textile works capture her own dreams and visions in connection to her Hmong ancestry and spirituality. Like many Hmong people, Siong had to leave her homelands in northern Laos and move to the city of Luang Prabang in the late 1990s, where she began to make traditional embroideries to sell in the tourist-frequented markets. She gradually developed her own hand-stitched appliqué style, creating colourful pieces more than four metres long that feature elaborate imagery and patterning. Her work depicts a range of figures and creatures that are identified within the Hmong spiritual world by her shaman husband, Phasao Lao. While the Lao Hmong are known for both their decorative and narrative textiles, Siong demonstrates a unique approach, departing from traditional design to create an experimental form of contemporary art.