Featured Artist: Chee Wang Ng

"108 Global Rice Bowls," a single-channel video features 108 different bowls of rice with chopsticks

Featured Artist: Chee Wang Ng

“108 Global Rice Bowls,” a single-channel video features 108 different bowls of rice with chopsticks

I had the opportunity to ask a few of the LUMEN artists about their work. One of my personal favorites is Chee Wang Ng. His work fascinates me because of its simplicity. Creative and beautiful, it uses a recurring theme of rice bowls.  His piece that will be shown as part of LUMEN 2012 is called “108 Global Rice Bowls,”  a single-channel video featuring 108 different bowls of rice with chopsticks. When asked about it he had this to say: “A bowl of rice with a pair of chopsticks is the leitmotif of my multi-media works in addressing and exploring the contemporary identity of the Chinese Diaspora.”

His work invokes the customs and food ways of Chinese Americans and new immigrants, not only in America but across the globe. In this way, a bowl of rice and chopsticks transcend time and place.

Chee Wang Ng, a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, states that he “does his work for you and I, to make us think, and to make us love.” His portfolio of work uses very intimate experiences and symbols to examine the global idea of humanity, through which, Chee hopes, the individual viewer will be inspired to participate in the larger, global dialogue around “community.” It is only through this dialogue that we can realize and reflect on our communities shared needs and values, while growing within, learning about, and celebrating our differences. Chee states, “The best art [is] sublime, transcend[ant], and most of all – magical.”

Join me and COAHSI on June 23rd at Atlantic Salt to see Chee’s work and meet the artist at LUMEN 2012.

Photo Credit To Corky Lee

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