Thursday, February 21, 2008

The gathered relic: Lisa Mei Ling Fong

My artwork is my journal entry: a personal note on the efforts of a life that must inevitably traverse a timeline that is terminal. Death is what reminds me to live - not as an empty and floating being, but as a temporal entity that can touch all of what is around me."

"I assemble and arrange personal collections of relics in "Introversion Boxes" to create sentimental memorials. By composing themes either real or imagined, I perpetually develop the importance of what memory is as it relates to our fleeting existence."

Words and images above from from the artist's MySpace page.

Lisa Mei Ling Fong is one of those artists I discovered a long time ago while on a search for more people who had pursued in their art a definate Cornellian style. I filed her website away in my bookmarks and it was soon swamped by more discoveries and my forgetful memories. I re-discovered her again tonight and am instantly re-inspired in the world of box assemblage. If only my boxes would speak to me again- they went on strike a week before my last exhibition and a large cardboard box of them sits on the coffee table at home, waiting for me to discover the secret password that will open them up to me again. Art can be so touchy sometimes.


Christie said...

I love your art and blog. I came visiting by way of High Desert Diva. I'll be back again and again.

High Desert Diva said...

Her work is slightly macabre, isn't it? But inspiring nonetheless.

Kruse said...

Hey you, thanks for leaving a nice comment on my blog. Lovely to go online in the morning and discover someone has been reading my words while I've been sleeping. I'm fascinated by your story, the things mentioned but not elaborated on; your Indian name, the strange 'ghost town' you live in with its abandond music room, your Dickensian heart beating in the hot Australian sun. I'm going to add you to my creative and inspiring people list if that's ok?

Little Brown Sparrow said...

Of course it's okay- it's wonderful! Thank you so much. I'm happy to elaborate on anything by the way! :)

Carol Emma said...

Ohhhh...these are fabulous!
Thanks for sharing :)

shannon said...

I think these are sort of amazing.

Elaine Kerr said...

Wonderful blog, beautifully written...and those incredible photos!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Such a surprise to read about you writing about my artwork, and am honored :)

Lisa Mei Ling Fong