Interview with Connie Wong

 
Fo Sho, 2015 / Ithaca, New York

Fo Sho, 2015 / Ithaca, New York

 

Connie Wong, born (1984) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA USA.

 

What inspires you?

Humanity, language, misunderstandings, jokes, social commentary, gender, sexuality, and behaviors that are considered rude, absurd, or taboo.

 

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

Pencil and sketchbook, I do a lot of thinking process through drawing in my sketchbook no matter what is the medium I ended up choosing.

 

Name a couple of things that makes you happy?

Traveling, making art, family, friends, taco and princess cake.

 

What kinds of books do you read usually?

I enjoy reading autobiography and fiction that includes semi autobiography because I think real stories are as strange as fictional stories. How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life by John Fahey, Arctic Dream by Barry Lopez, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris and Just Kids by Patti Smith are some of my favorites.

 

 
Connie Wong's studio / Ithaca, New York / Full view 

Connie Wong's studio / Ithaca, New York / Full view 

 

Could you tell me more about Fo Sho? What made you come up with that project? How did it begin?

Fo Sho is about how human dealing with life and fantasizes about after life. This was inspired from my experience as a visiting art teacher in rural Alaskan villages. I was shocked to find out again and again about my student, someone I’ve meet or someone I’ve never met took their life while I was in the small villages, this has never stop bother me and I wish to make this piece wish them going to a better place and for those who are still alive to realize the best is right now.

 
Connie Wong's studio / Ithaca, New York 

Connie Wong's studio / Ithaca, New York 

 

 

What do you think about relationship between art and language?

Just like language, art is a form of communication.

 

I‘ve seen humors in some of your work, what role does humor play in your art?

Most of the time, I like to make art that crack me up.  Also, is it my hope to use humor to allow the viewer to be more open to thoughts about the subject matter that are not always pleasant. 

 

For more of Connie Wong's work: http://www.theconniewong.com/