November Chih-Ying Wong is an interdisciplinary artist who has been travelling and studying all over across North America, Europe and Asia since being a teenager. Her experience as a dancer, architectural designer and visual artist, as well, as her international background always have a great influence on the things she creates. Wong’s projects combine architectural design, painting, installation, photography, sculpture, collage (both digital and hand-cut) and performance. Though the technics are so different, all of them are deeply related to the topic of a body and how it correlates with the modern society and various surroundings.

 

All-Round Man

“You only live the life that you choose,” says Wong. That’s what makes her interested in exploring different perspectives of art. In the pefomance Primavera, for example, Wong uses a collective improvisational dance as a narrative to express the imagination, spirituality and deep emotions of the performers through the body movements, which themselves refer to their most primitive, child-like instincts. While moving and dancing, all the participants were covering themselves, each other and the wrapped paper all over the room with the paint. As a reflection of rhythm and movement, three paintings were created by the end of the perfomance. Not only human bodies interest Wong. Her other project Sculpturing in Time is an interesting exercise, which is called to explore a physical property and inner surface of fruits and vegetables, the cell structure of each one. For these purposes, the bell peppers were sliced, illuminated, peeled, dissected, dried and cast with blaster. As a truly versatile person, Wong is also focused on “places where fashion and art sparks rainbows”. That’s exactly what her work for Gucci does.

Into The Wild: November C.Y. Wong And Her Nudes In Iceland’s Landscape Into The Wild: November C.Y. Wong And Her Nudes In Iceland’s Landscape

Large Scale Paintings

Wong’s latest photo series is titled Hér. Looking for “empty horizons, unfamiliar distance, and living texture”, she and photographer Chi Yu Wong went to Iceland, a place remarkably famous for its wild and melodramatic landscape. Wong calles the photos they created “large scale paintings”. And they definately look like that, as it was all paited. A pair of bright bi-color tights is the only thing that sometimes comes between Wong’s body and the wild nature. All in all, the relationship between her and the surroundings are pure and organic. To describe the series Wong uses an expert from “Black Maps” by American poet Mark Strand:

Not the attendance of stones,
nor the applauding wind,
shall let you know
you have arrived,

not the sea that celebrates
only departures,
nor the mountains,
nor the dying cities.

Nothing will tell you
where you are.
Each moment is a place
you’ve never been.

Into The Wild: November C.Y. Wong And Her Nudes In Iceland’s Landscape Into The Wild: November C.Y. Wong And Her Nudes In Iceland’s Landscape Into The Wild: November C.Y. Wong And Her Nudes In Iceland’s Landscape Into The Wild: November C.Y. Wong And Her Nudes In Iceland’s Landscape

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