JUDITH TONG © 2018

Hi,

This is me--Judith, 21 yrs old, raised in Skokie, Illinois. I draw and paint and print and build and think and touch and feel. 

My practice is characterized by a process of gathering and accumulating—physical objects, textures, curiosities, etc. Coming from an extremely low income immigrant family necessitates a mindfulness of cost and the impact of my consumption; collecting and repurposing becomes a way to be resourceful. 

 

These limitations prompt an openness to exploring new substances, surfaces, and processes, appropriating from my lived experiences.

 

From photographic moments and texts of curiosities adequately documented on my trusty iPhone 5s and drawings, I utilize different processes of stretching, magnifying, or sharpening to isolate and reimagine an image or representations of feelings in order to fully understand and integrate these curiosities into my reconciliation of the nuances as well as hostilities within the notions of familiarity, alien, migration, protection, and nesting.

 

I use layering, transparency, movement, and dimensional planes to develop spaces that imply the permeability of intentional placements, and to disrupt usual patterns of vision and understanding. 

Feel free to message me for inquiries or if you have nice things to say! Constructive criticism is also appreciated.

Contact:

tongjudi@grinnell.edu

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CV

Education

2016 - present Grinnell College

B.A. in Studio Art (2020)

 

Group Exhibitions 

2016  IHSAE: Senior Scholarship Exhibition  Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL

2016  An Artistic Discovery: Illinois Congressional Art Awards  Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL

2019  Bachelor of Arts Exhibition   Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, IA

2019  Chautauqua School of Art Students and Emerging Artist Exhibition  Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua, NY

Solo Exhibition

2018 Massive and Weightless  Smith Gallery, Grinnell, IA

Experience 

2017-present  Faulconer Gallery  Outreach intern, Grinnell, IA

2018-present  Grinnell Theatre and Dance Dept  Scene shop staff, Grinnell, IA

2018-present  Grinnell Studio Art Dept  Digital media lab student monitor, Grinnell, IA
 

2019  Chautauqua School of Art  Emerging artist residency, Chautauqua, NY

2018  BRT Printshop  Production Intern, Brooklyn, NY

2018  Studio Assistant  Andrew C. Robinson- screenprinting (semi-automatic press), Brooklyn, NY

2018  Studio Assistant  Lee Running- vinyl cutting, Grinnell, IA

Awards & Recognition

2016  Studio Art Departmental Award Outstanding artist award of Niles North High School's Studio Art Department

2016  Illinois Congressional Art Awards  Placed 3rd for painting in juried show

2016  Art Institute of Chicago: ReImagine 24  One of the 100 chosen out of 500 applicants to participate in an overnight design competition held in the Art Institute of Chicago

2019  Outstanding 3rd Year Portfolio  Awarded by Grinnell College Studio Art Department in the juried annual Bachelor of Arts Exhibition

Projects

2017 Visualizing Freedom & Abolition in the New World  Developed and fabricated a permanent installation for Grinnell College’s Humanities and Social Studies Complex collaborating with Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié

2018 Just For You  Developed a site specific performance/installation in collaboration with Riverbed Theatre performed in the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art in the spring of 2018

2017-present Ana-Cha Art Collective a collective dedicated to Ana Mendieta and Teresa Cha, a space for exploring the intersections of art and politics, and art as a resistance to patriarchal violence.