Present Tense

The Art of Memphis, 2001-Now

Kong Wee Pang
water color, ink, charcoal, acrylic and collage on paper, 75x60

Artist Kong Wee Pang

Courtesy of the artist, Kong Wee Pang

Born and raised in Malaysia of Chinese descent, Kong Wee Pang studied art in Singapore before moving first to Australia and then to the United States where she earned a BFA at Memphis College of Art. She describes her work as being concerned with transformation, informed of her personal journey of coming to a new country and adapting to a new culture. Extrovert is a whimsical and optimistic work that displays her attempts to balance notions of an original self, outside influences, and the transmutation process as one grows from the experience. "In Chinese we have a saying which translates roughly to 'When you drink water, remember the spring.' The abstracted figures give me a chance to face my new freedom while remembering where I come from. It is found in translation."

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