WK 5 Artist Conversation: I-Tan Wong

Inside the Marilyn Werby Gallery, there was an art exhibit going on called Excess and Access: Juried Student Exhibition.  It was just a group exhibition with a bunch of photographers and their work displayed.  I was really drawn to I-tan Wong’s work.  She had three photographs put together in a line that had the same woman in each picture with something different, whether she was wearing something around her eyes, her face was highlighted and her body completely covered, or with her face covered by googly eyes.  I was definitely comparing the last photo of the woman’s face covered in googly eyes with something I had seen at another exhibit at the Hammer Museum over the summer.  It was a video installation of a cartoon man with eyes all over his body.  He was looking all around his body and seemed like he was relieved to see all of these eyes.  When a light turned on and it seemed like someone was approaching him, he quickly used scissors to jab the eyes out.  He seemed embarrassed or rather ashamed, really, of all these eyes on his body.

I was trying to connect this picture to that video and maybe the first picture tells the story of trying to cover sight or visual aspects.


The second one seems like she just has a head.  The whole body is not shown.  It’s trying to cover her body, her sense of touch and physical interaction.


But in the last picture, everything seems amplified.  There are more eyes o3n her face and are not being covered up, her body is completely exposed because it seems like she is nude.









The first two pictures seem like they’re trying to censor something, or cover up and hide away different assets.  I could be wrong, but that’s what I got from the work.  I tried searching up I-tan Wong’s information online, but I could not find a specific website or her actual statement on this piece.  This is a mystery that I wish I could solve!  I really want to know what this piece means to her and what inspired her to work with such materials.




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I-tan Wong’s piece was featured on the exhibit’s flyers!


I-tan Wong’s LinkedIn profile:



WK 4- Artist Conversation- Jeannette Viveros “Utterly Pink”

Drawn in from the pink, furry walls and the hanging hooks that, of course, “hooked” me in.  (Can I get extra points for the terrible puns?)  I loved how the whole room was utilized as the entire piece.  I really enjoy pieces like this that are more interactive.  I actually stood inside the piece.  I could run my fingers through the cotton candy walls and use the sense of touch to relate to the piece, rather than just sight.  I also really loved the name of her artwork, “Utterly Pink”.

I must admit that my first impression of this piece was the Hook episode on Spongebob.  As well as my peers, during the interview we had to ask if that was part of her inspiration.

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Jeannette had said that the main point of her pieces revolve around the social expectations of gender.  I then asked her about the juxtaposition of the different textures of the hooks and the furry walls.  She seemed to have paired pain with pleasure or something pointy and dangerous with something soft and cushy.  Jeannette explained that she doesn’t separate the two parts, she saw this whole entire art piece as one collectively.  Each part does not represent something specific, it just has one message.  I really really liked how she said that each part does not have a different meaning to make one.  Nothing represents something different.  I feel like in some art pieces, the artist will explain what each thing represents and how it works altogether, but I believe that art is just sometimes something that feels good and feels right to the piece altogether.  There doesn’t have to be a reason why that hammer is next to that paper plate, it just is because to the artist, that’s how it should look and that’s how it came to be.

Later in the interview, we had to ask her about the correlation with Spongebob and it was proved to be nonexistent.  Turns out, she actually hates Spongebob.

Now that the whole great Spongebob debate has cleared up, here’s some pictures of her really cool art piece:

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Jeanne Viveros had these cool paint samples with the color "Utterly Pink", which was the name of her art piece.

Jeanne Viveros had these cool paint samples with the color “Utterly Pink”, which was the name of her art piece.

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