Light My Fire, 2003
Color pencil and acrylic on panel
22 x 40 inches
Courtesy of the artist and
Zolla/Liebermann Gallery, Chicago




In her exquisitely rendered color pencil and acrylic self-portraits, Singapore-born artist
Su-en Wong explores the mysterious nature of transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Often repeating her self-portrait several times in one work, Wong positions herself in lush settings and gigantic color fields, sometimes nude and sometimes in different costumes. At once vulnerable and coy, assertive and shy, playful and serious, each portrait examines the fits and starts and conflicting paths that every young girl travels in her quest to define an individuated self in an often less-than-welcoming adult world.

Su-en Wong
Born 1973 Singapore. Lives in New York,
New York.
Wong has had recent solo exhibitions at Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, California (2003); Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago (2003); Savage Gallery in Portland, Oregon (2003); and Deitch Projects in New York (2002). Recent group exhibitions include Open House: Working in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Museum of Art (2004); Women on Women at White Box in New York (2003); Online at Feigen Contemporary in New York (2003); Bootleg Identity at Caren Golden Fine Art in New York (2003); and Peppermint at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, New York (2001).