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Art & Life with Holly Wong

Today we’d like to introduce you to Holly Wong.

Holly, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I live and work in San Francisco, California. I was educated at the San Francisco Art Institute where I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in New Genres. I create installations and photographs, integrating non-traditional approaches with more traditional sewing techniques associated with the history of women. My approach is both non-conventional but also deeply rooted in my history and culture.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
In my work, I address the subtle and ephemeral nature of psychological states. Using various materials such as tulle, produce netting, plastic twine and thread, I strive to reconnect in myself what has been fragmented. Much of my work is constructed with extremely light weight, layered materials that are fragments that become a visual whole.

When I consider the physicality of the body, it brings up feelings of weight and pressure but yet a counter balance of elusiveness and lightness. My work is a constant process of assembling, deconstructing and then making whole once again. Through the action of sewing, I build and construct and then by cutting and resewing, structures are reconstructed again. It is very much the way I feel about the process of life. It grows, becomes, falls apart sometimes because of our own actions, and then there is the attempt to repair. But yet in the process of repairing, we become stronger than before.

My photographs as a parallel process capture moments of those ephemeral states. My projects are created within the context of contemporary life where we are faced daily with noise, friction, and conflict; my work offers an alternative to that experience by focusing viewers in the present moment.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
This is an excellent question and I think the answer really depends on personal values and what each individual is facing. I think given the significant conflict and multiple threats on all fronts (environmental, social and political), we need to be engaged as citizens in voting, educating ourselves about the issues and participating locally to be a change agent. Sometimes that involves art making and sometimes it is outside of it and I personally see it as the choice of each individual.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I will be having a solo exhibition at Visual Art Exchange (VAE) in Raleigh North Carolina from August 22, 2018 – October 6, 2018. Details about this venue can be found here: http://vaeraleigh.org/

In addition, I am participating in the group exhibition “Patterns” at SFWA Gallery in San Francisco, California from July 10, 2018 – August 4, 2018. Details about this venue can be found here: http://sfwomenartists.org/exhibition/patterns/

Contact me for exhibition or purchase inquiries (or to say hello!) at https://hollywongart.com/contact/

Thanks for your interest!

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Image Credit:
Al Wong

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