Nicholas Wong

Juror's Distinction — Studio Art

 

My work revolves around ideas of healing and recuperation, both as they apply to individuals and to a community. I explore the nuances of healing as it pertains to the physical realignment of the body, composing of the mind, and the restoration of the soul. The healing process is unquestionably unique and personal; however, I am interested in finding the underlying threads that string together what it means to be made whole. To explore these ideas, I paint figures—mostly transparent and mostly incomplete, in need of restoration. I find that the glazes and transparencies simultaneously distinguish individuals and assert the overlapping masses as a singular body. Opacity becomes a part of my visual language, a signifier of alignment; the material presence of layering and coloring establishes bodies amidst ghosts. I am interested in the visual and literal reinforcement of a partite being in harmony or, for that matter, in disarray. My work operates in conjunction with my personal experiences, with things that either contribute to or harm the holistic wellness of a human being. I use painting to explore themes such as ascribed identity, intrinsic memory, and objective beauty.

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