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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

CANDACE FONG

CANDACE FONG

Artist Work

Alana
October 2011
Oil on Canvas
36x48
Dewa Ayu Eka
July 2011
Oil on Canvas
n/a
Throat
May 2009
Paper installation
n/a
Skin
2008
Fabric installation with live performers
n/a
Kidest (Disconnection Series)
June 2012
Oil on Canvas
38x42

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I am an interdisciplinary artist, using a broad variety of medium to recount my personal experiences as well as to promote the viewer to engage with my work. Beginning with self-portraits, I used traditional 2D mediums such as oil painting, photography, and dry materials on paper to explore my identity. As I began to paint other people I began to expand my interest in identity to universally shared experiences. This lead to creating minimalist sculptures. I aimed for the sculptures to be generalized and accessible to all, yet to still communicate the subtleties in character and of existence that attracted me to the identity portraits. I aimed to push viewer involvement further by expanding the concepts into the space of viewer and creating site-specific installations. I am challenged to examine the concept from sensory perspectives and to create a space in which the viewer becomes a participant of sorts, and must interact on some level with the work to understand what experience is being shared with him/her. Working with installations allows me the freedom to employ different aspects of art in the same space to express a shared idea. I continue to explore phenomenological theories and its applications in my work. I aim to find ways to express and embody the experience of my installations in forms suitable for story-telling methods (dance, mask theatre, etc) to push my limits as an artist. In the future I aspire to create public installations and works that are both reflective of the community in which they exist, and participatory for those in the community to involve themselves in my work and share their own identities and ideas.I am an interdisciplinary artist, using a broad variety of medium to recount my personal experiences as well as to promote the viewer to engage with my work. Beginning with self-portraits, I used traditional 2D mediums such as oil painting, photography, and dry materials on paper to explore my identity. As I began to paint other people I began to expand my interest in identity to universally shared experiences. This lead to creating minimalist sculptures. I aimed for the sculptures to be generalized and accessible to all, yet to still communicate the subtleties in character and of existence that attracted me to the identity portraits. I aimed to push viewer involvement further by expanding the concepts into the space of viewer and creating site-specific installations. I am challenged to examine the concept from sensory perspectives and to create a space in which the viewer becomes a participant of sorts, and must interact on some level with the work to understand what experience is being shared with him/her. Working with installations allows me the freedom to employ different aspects of art in the same space to express a shared idea. I continue to explore phenomenological theories and its applications in my work. I aim to find ways to express and embody the experience of my installations in forms suitable for story-telling methods (dance, mask theatre, etc) to push my limits as an artist. In the future I aspire to create public installations and works that are both reflective of the community in which they exist, and participatory for those in the community to involve themselves in my work and share their own identities and ideas.

Artist Bio

Based in Baltimore,MD, Candace Fong received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her mixed heritage and travels heavily inform her work. She is currently participating in residency programs around the world and is in the process of applying for graduate programs.