ABOUT THE ARTIST - EMILY GONG
Emily Gong is a Canadian artist, researcher, and entrepreneur. Emily received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Queen's University and Masters from the University of Oxford in Area Studies. Her thesis researched the art market from the perspective of empowering emerging artists from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Emily's art explores the themes of accessibility and inclusion in experiencing works of art. In her art projects, she often co-creates with scientists and other researchers to diversify collaborations and challenge the status quo.
Emily publications include for the Barbican Centre (co-author) and National Association of Student Anthropologists. Her most recent work (artist-scientist collaboration) was exhibited at the 2020 Hong Kong-Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.
ABOUT THE ART WORK
What was the context the artwork was created in?
Have you ever had a dream in which the symbolism was so vivid that you could remember it long after waking up? This painting was created after waking up from a vivid dream of an imploding iceberg that emit red and blue light from its centre amidst a strikingly beautiful sunset. The most memorable symbols were the iceberg, cedar tree, and forget me not flowers. Journaling the dream through this painting explores how our memory recalls in symbols, forming fragments of memory. Equally we read and interpret visual information as symbols that we encode our own meanings into through the lens of our individual lived experiences. I’m interested in how the symbols from my dream will be read by the viewers and what feelings they would evoke.
What is one source of inspiration for you in everyday life?
The sky and clouds is the most consistent source of inspiration in daily life for me. From a young age, I understood the sky and clouds to have their own temperament that created shifting moods in the atmosphere where no two moments were the same. I see this as a reminder to take moments to be present in our transient world.
What is a curiosity that you ponder and how do you explore it in your practice?
Impermanence, fragments of memories, visualizing a kaleidoscope of feelings, turbulence.
Why is the specific medium you work in important to you?
I work in installation, sculpture, oils and mixed mediums, etc. But watercolours has always been the closest to my heart. Perhaps for their transparency and free flowing process. I always found its one-go process (compared to the layering of oils or acrylics) to be freeing and the most authentic expression for me.