Su-en Wong


Through in-depth self-examination artist Su-en Wong challenges issues of identity in relation to nationality, ethnicity, gender, adolescence and sexuality. Wong’s self-portraits take place in a variety of coming-to-age environments, such as schoolyards, roller rinks and swimming pools. The artist casts her characters in these stereotypical scenes to reveal the close boundaries between adolescents and adulthood for a woman. Juxtaposing ideas of fantasy and reality with power and vulnerability, the artist’s work speaks to the awkward stages of life where emotions and rationality run together. Wong was born in Singapore. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and is a M.F.A. graduate of the School of the Art Institute Chicago. She is a recipient of both an artist grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and from the New York Foundation of the Arts. Last year, the artist exhibited with Danese Gallery in New York and Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica.