Fiona Wong

Lai Ching

b. Hong Kong, 1964. Lives in Hong Kong

My work explores the cultural links between contemporary and traditional Chinese culture. I create hand-built sculptural works of clothing that weave porcelain fragments together: notably medieval inspired winged costumes which are reminiscent of traditional Chinese burial suits and ceremonial suits of woven jade that adorned the departed nobles of the Han dynasty. Clothing serves as a second skin for civilized people and provides a rich canvas to reflect cultural aspects of daily life.

In this work, the experience of shoemaking brings the idea of juxtaposition of concepts and techniques from different media, creating a montage for further contemplation.

Fiona Wong received a Master of Fine Art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1997. She has held residencies at the International Workshop of Ceramics Art in Tokoname, Japan and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. She has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and Beaver College in Philadelphia.

November 2011