Encaustic (heated beeswax, resin and pigment) and mixed media (pigments from Morocco and India, volcanic ash from Ecuador, rice paper, circuit board components, appropriated and original images) on wood panel
38" x 44"
DescriptionCecile Chong is a multimedia artist working in painting, sculpture, installation and video layering material, identities, histories and languages. Her work addresses ideas of cultural interaction and interpretation, as well as the commonalities humans share both in our relationship to nature and to each other. Inspired by materials as signifiers, she’s interested in how we acquire and share culture, and how world cultures now overlap and interact in ways previously inconceivable. With uncertainty looming in everything from our economies to our weather patterns, she’s concerned with the fragility of our civilization despite the universality of its cultural underpinnings. In her work she’s been looking at traditional artifacts and wondering what tangible relics we may leave for future generations and what they may say about who we were and how we lived.
About this Artist
Cecile was born in Ecuador to Chinese parents and grew up in Quito and Macau. She was awarded fellowships and residencies including LMCC Creative Engagement, Urban Field Station, Block Gallery/AIM Artist Hub, BRIC Media Arts, the Joan Mitchell Center, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, the Lower East Side Printshop, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, The Center for Book Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIM – Bronx Museum, Urban Artist Initiative NYC and the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Her public art installation EL DORADO – The New Forty Niners has been installed on Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions include Selenas Mountain, ICFAC at Pinta Miami, Smack Mellon, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Five Myles Plus Space, Selena Gallery, BRIC House, Emerson Gallery Berlin Germany, Honey Ramka Project Space, Figureworks, Praxis, Corridor Gallery and ArtSPACE. She received an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design, an MA in…View Full Artist Bio