Tiffany Wong is an emerging artist based in Montreal, Canada whose work combines traditional painting and textile art. Wong uses inks that she makes from plants and organic material and paints made with natural earth pigments. Her abstract work uses a vocabulary of line, shape, colour and texture to explore themes of motherhood, childhood, dreams and nature.
In 2012, Wong obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. Following the birth of her first child in 2018, she began devoting herself full-time to her art practice.
In 2019, she was awarded the Prix de Relève at Mtl en Arts in Montreal. As of 2022, she is currently represented by Wishbone Art Gallery in Montreal. Her work is collected in homes across Canada and the USA.
“ The ideal or the dream would be to arrive at a language that heals as much as it separates."
-Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation and Other Essays
Tiffany Wong’s paintings are places. They are landscapes of the invisible and vague childhood memories. She forgoes any overtly recognizable imagery in her work, opting for a vocabulary that is descriptive and felt, like Susan Sontag describes in her famous essay Against Interpretation. With her unique visual vocabulary built from her Chinese heritage, different textile techniques and intuitive mark-making, she explores themes of motherhood, early childhood, dreams, magic and myth. Her work flows in a stream of consciousness and Wong touches upon the traditions of Abstract Expressionism.
Kitchen scraps and foraged plants boil for hours to form the natural inks alongside the natural pigments that she primarily uses in her work. Pools of natural inks and pigments dry overnight, balancing intentional marks with shapes that emerge through chance and happenstance. Sometimes, they converge with China ink, referencing Chinese ink wash paintings, as a nod to Wong’s cultural heritage. She makes contrasting shapes that resemble Chinese gourds and broken bottles, and her surfaces shift from fluffy tufted fabric to raw canvas stained with thin watery layers of ink. Opposing notions of emptiness and fullness, melancholy and exuberance characterize her work and she uses art-making as a way of expressing the often complicated emotions of new motherhood. With a growing language of shapes carefully painted in pastel-coloured gradients, quick mark-making, embroidered surfaces and tufted shapes, Wong presents the viewer with her lived experience while colliding with fantasy and whimsy that soothes and comforts. Although her work is personal and confessional, she wishes for her paintings to transport others into moments of their own subjective experience.