Endless Self-Portrait / Portrait of an Audience 2005

Edie Tsong
Messages and Communications: October 2, 2005 – April 2, 2006
Materials
plasticine

Identity is something that is constantly mutating with one’s interactions with people, the environment and society. The sculpture becomes a document of people’s physical interactions.

Description

As visitors enter the museum’s 3rd floor, they encounter a plasticine figurative sculpture of Tsong approximately 8-months into her first pregnancy. Exiting the elevator, visitors may at first be unable to identify that the representation is in fact a pregnant female as it is oriented toward a window with her back to approaching viewers. However, the artist encourages viewers to make changes through their interactions with the sculpture. Video and sound components complete the installation.

Artist Statement

Identity is something that is constantly mutating with one’s interactions with people, the environment and society. The sculpture becomes a document of people’s physical interactions. Being pregnant has emphasized this because I am changing day by day and I am forced to recognize my biology and physicality of being human. The piece is really about touch as a vital and lost form of communication, which is something that builds our identities.

About the Artist

Edie Tsong is a visual artist, writer, and archivist. She is the Founding Director of Cut + Paste Society, a community of women writers and artists in the Santa Fe area, and the Founding Director of their project Snow Poems Project. Tsong is on the board of New Mexico Literary Arts and Herekeke Art Center and lives and works in Santa Fe, NM with her daughter.

Tsong’s projects explore the identity as a practice of intimacy. She performs interdisciplinary investigations through material, process, craft, language, and technology to take the form of conceptual portraits, socially-engaged projects, writing, and radical bookmaking. They range in scale from small performances and object to city-wide installations, cultural programming, and facilitated conversations.

She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and abroad including, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, MN; Field Gallery, Portland, OR; University of Rochester, Rochester, NY; Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM; Finish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland, and many more.

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