Born in Hefei, China, Hong Hong earned her MFA in 2014 from the University of Georgia and her BFA in 2011 from the State University of New York at Potsdam. Her work has been exhibited across the United States, including Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, New Mexico History Museum, and Georgia Museum of Art. Hong is the recipient of grants and commissions from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation, the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Artspace New Haven. Her work has been reviewed by Yale Daily News, The Arts Paper, The Pittsburgh Tribune, and The Daily Nutmeg. In 2017, Hong will complete artist residencies at PLAYA and the Morgan Conservatory. She currently lives and works in Connecticut and upstate New York.
I am an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans sculpture, printmaking, and installation. My work explores the human perception of landscape in contemporary settings and the conditions that shape it, such as meteorological events, topographic memory, and migration. I am interested in the juncture of cultural, climate, and geological change, and the impact and experience of deep time as well as the immediate moment. Working at the intersection between art and environment, my projects imagine past and future moments of transformative phenomena, such as glaciation, erosion, and plate tectonics.
My recent investigations in paper stem from a continual interest in the process of large scale papermaking as a performative act, where the work is a relic of labor, gesture, movement, and passages in time. I am also fascinated by paper’s capacity to function as a physical record of ephemeral interactions between environmental variables, such as gravity, fluctuations in weather, and the viscosity of water. In this context, each action taken during the paper’s genesis becomes an abstracted temporal measurement, similar to the swing of a pendulum or the position of the moon in the night sky. Ultimately, this body of work is a meditation on the brevity of human existence and the immensity that surrounds us.