By Jenna Weis
Experiences, dreams, and imaginations we all encounter through the journey of life, in every aspect of life, create a constant motion that multimedia artist Nancy Wong thrives in with her art work. As a self taught artist she uses the everyday as her resource for inspiration. Using found materials such as cardboard for a canvas and a variety of different drawing tools over what would be deemed traditional, Wong’s art truly sets her apart. The animated quality and symbolic undertones together leaves the viewer engaged as well as curious. She states “A range of my work from oil paintings, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, or mixed media derives from ideas set from every day experiences or where our dreams and imagination may take us.”
This idea of motion, in regards to life experiences, prevails throughout Wong’s art in every medium she sets before her. Her two dimensional pieces have a constant flow that is made visible in the way she handles the brush, sharpie, or pen. Swirls are a reoccurring decorative element that she explains “Drawing swirls is a relaxing, stress free technique requiring constant movement, concentration, and staying meticulous to the lines established.”
From a personal evolutionary sense Wong recalls her summer of 2003 when she was constantly on the go between work, friends, family and other activities. This experience gave Wong the foundation for her porcelain koi fish piece which visually displays her progression in to the artist she is today. Wong describes this piece as “the process of ten years becoming an individual inspired by different experiences. Although each fish is different in style and length, it functions together as a whole piece.” Fish, as a representation of good luck in the Chinese culture here represent how her movement through past and present experiences together helps shape the artist.
With a reliance on herself and her morals Wong’s work radiates this confidence and depth beyond the beautiful aesthetics on the surface. She makes a statement that I feel everyone should live by no matter what we do or who we are…
“I believe it’s important to have a good work ethic, be genuine, and use your whole heart to create something if it is meaningful to you.”
Come experience Nancy Wong’s work at SPARKBOOM’S kickoff event “Beards, Bards and BOOM” on Saturday, June 21st from 7-10 PM at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. RSVP here. For more information visit: sparkboom.org.
To see more of Nancy’s art visit: nancywong.tk.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.