Body without Organs

Liyen Chong, Artist

This is one of the decorative arts in our collection. It was made in New Zealand in 2010.
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About the Work
Liyen Chong was artist-in-residence at Tylee Cottage from December, 2010 – January, 2011. Having originally programmed her post-residency exhibition at the Sarjeant Gallery in Queen’s Park, this was deferred due to the uncertainty of when and where the Gallery would be operating from given its earthquake prone status. Now that the period of uncertainty is over we are delighted to be able to host a survey of Chong’s practice to date.

Since completing a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Canterbury in 2003, Chong has had numerous solo exhibitions and her work has been included in a number of group shows. As with many residents, Chong found that her time in Tylee allowed her to re-evaluate her practice. Her time in Whanganui signalled a move away from the body of work that she was focused on at the time that created painstakingly crafted embroideries, fashioned from human hair, some of which are included in this exhibition. She states “the warm and friendly atmosphere extended to me by the art community in Whanganui reawakened a sense of enthusiasm and play in my practice that I hadn’t felt for a long time”.

Liyen Chong’s work navigates a variety of media, from the delicate hair embroideries that open the exhibition to a cloud of drawings of ’magical ordinary objects’, embellished with gold leaf and a series of unique self-portraits that combine painting, performance and photography. Found images from encyclopaedias are overlaid with mixed media, manipulated and spliced with colour.
Greg Donson, Curator & Public Programmes Manager, Sarjeant Gallery 2014
Image 125 x 80mm
Frame 420 x 465mm
artist's hair embroidered on cotton
Small embroidered image of a skeleton created from strands of the artist's own hair on cotton fabric.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 2015.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
30 Jun 2015



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