Tiffany Wong is an emerging artist whose art practice mainly involves painting. She lives a rich life as the daughter of Hong Kong immigrants immersed in Montreal’s unique French and English environment. She knew she wanted to be an artist from a very young age.
She began to pursue Painting and Drawing and animation in 2008 at Concordia University and also specialized in 3d modelling at Campus ADN following her graduation in 2012. These days, she mainly focuses on her first love, which is painting.
She has recently participated in the online version of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Mtl en Arts and her work will appear in the September, October and November issues of House and Garden. In 2018, she was awarded the Prix de Reléve at Mtl en Arts.
Inspired by abstract expressionism and fuelled by spirituality and mysticism from eastern and western philosophies, Tiffany Wong’s artistic practice is a culmination of her Asian-Canadian identity and her relationship with the unseen world.
Consisting of mostly pastel colours with pops of saturated colour, her gestural abstractions laud an understated beauty influenced by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. She works abstractedly, without the distraction of any overtly recognizable imagery, leaving the experience of viewing her paintings highly personal and different for each viewer. Through her quiet and sometimes frantic mark-making and contrasting colour choices, she expresses dualities; joy and melancholy, solitude and connectedness, isolation and intimacy and youth and decay. Tiffany’s work retains a sense of secrecy; she edits judiciously and her marks get layered with transparent coats of paint, covered with gold leaf or more recently, embroidered shapes. She works backwards in this sense, choosing intuitively what to obscure and what to accentuate; the process is meditative and forgiving. Her pieces impart the same kindness while giving the viewer a sense of closure that doesn’t always exist in life.
Her current work combines textile art and painting together while trying to reduce her environmental footprint to return to tradition and a pared-back aesthetic. She uses inks and stains that she makes from organic matter and paints mixed with natural earth pigments. Her use of thread references her cultural background and gender identity. As she is heavily influenced by the tradition of Chinese embroidery, she also looks to reclaim embroidery as a feminine domestic art by bringing it into the domain of fine art. Tiffany’s art practice is constantly evolving as she continues to research more natural, traditional ways that she can make art against our rapidly declining planet.