Faculty, Undergraduate Studies
Mary Sui Yee Wong is a Chinese-Canadian multidisciplinary artist whose art draws from memory and history to explore alterity as resistance. Central to her concern are global trends that fuel post-colonial acculturation. Wong works across disciplines employing performance, sculpture, installation, video, and sound in her art. She has exhibited extensively across Canada, and internationally. She is an active member of the arts community and part of the workgroup “Performing Asian Americas: Converging Movements,” born out of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Encuentro 2014. Wong teaches in the Studio Arts Department at Concordia University, Montreal and in the Undergrad Program at Goddard College.
MFA in Sculpture, Concordia University
BFA in Sculpture, Concordia University
Areas of Expertise
Installation, Sculpture, Textile Print & Dyeing, Paper Making, Felting, Basketry, Weaving, Drawing, Performance art, Cultural Theory, Identity Politics, Art Theory, Equity and Diversity, Interdisciplinary studies, and Progressive Pedagogy
At a moment in time when hope appears but in distant horizons and compassion is held at close watch, it seems tantamount that we nurture a bond between the heart and mind to resist fatigue and pessimism. That being said, I feel an urgency to realize spaces that restores balance to fragmentation and disconnect; spaces that are tolerant, non violent, and kind. Within these spaces, I imagine great possibility; to restore and excite the mind and impassion the heart with question and concern.
To this end, I come with openness and encouragement. I am completely passionate about fueling a cannon that populates the world with spirited citizens who step forward without reserve to challenge complacency, hypocrisy and mediocrity.
I will draw upon the multiplicity of my lived experience to embark on a path as we breathe, think, live, and make with curiosity. I believe that there is unmeasured value in listening with intent and working without purpose. I am interested in every process and every mode of construction when coupled with thoughtfulness and care. I imagine no formulaic solutions when seeking clarity or resolve.
As a multi-disciplinary visual artist, educator, woman, friend, elder and mother, my world is diverse, expansive, ever shifting, and unstable. Perhaps it is a result of my history of immigration and migration that allows me to embrace instability as a normative state.
Having spent much of my life longing to (be)long, I have constructed a practice around alterity that seeks to refute conventional paradigms to make way for alternative modes of affirmation.
My art practice is multidisciplinary, often site-specific, experiential and at times theatrical. My treatment of materials is directed by a culmination of Western theory and Asian sensibilities that manifests in tension, and strange juxtapositions. There has always been a resonance of the tactile and ephemeral in my process. In recent years, the challenge to retain these sensibilities while creating works that withstands the rigors of public spaces has brought me to my current consideration of sound and performance work.
In closing, I have had an unquenchable thirst for connectivity to peoples and bodies of knowledge that work in tandem to mobilize wellness for humanity and in that vain, I assert the right to play, stumble, fail, laugh, cook, trust, sing, love, share, and celebrate.