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This year, we sponsored Brooklyn based Chinese-Ecuadorian artist Cecile Chong as part of Pinta Miami with an interactive virtual exhibition. Check out the pieces in our shop or read more about Cecile below. We also hosted an artist talk above – "Being Diaspora Artists in NYC" with Cecile Chong, Jairo Alfonso (represented by Coates and Scarry for Pinta Miami), and Ananda DeMello of Make Art Habit.
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Ecuadorian born, New York based Cecile Chong is a multimedia artist working in painting, sculpture and installation layering materials, identities and histories. She addresses ideas of culture interaction and interpretation, and commonalities humans share in our relationship to nature. Solo exhibitions include Smack Mellon, BRIC, Emerson Gallery Berlin, Praxis and Kenise Barnes Fine Art. She received an MFA from Parsons, MA from Hunter College and BA from Queens College.
Paintings: To address the process of cultural encounter and entanglement, encaustic on wood panels are used to create cross-cultural narratives by juxtaposing appropriated images from vintage children’s books and other found images. Mixed Media include pigments from Morocco and India, volcanic ash from Ecuador, Asian paper, metallic leaf, beads and circuit board components. Each material becomes a cultural signifier. Each painting contains 25 to 30 layers of encaustic, metaphorically representing layering of cultures, identity and places.
Straingers: The word “Strainger” is a play-on-words between a stranger and a strainer. In this “Strainger Series” of mask-like sculptures, the beaded image of the “guagua” (Quechua for baby) covers most of the surface of a kitchen strainer. The straingers themselves suggest the act of separation, liquid from solid, interior from exterior, insider from outsider, the exotic from the mundane. Donated necklaces and accessories are repurposed and handed beaded onto kitchen strainers along with natural materials from Ecuador such as tagua, acai, pambil, and natural seeds from the Amazon.