Wong Fiona Lai-ching

1964 Hong Kong

Introduction

One of Hong Kong’s leading sculptors, teacher and artist Fiona Wong Lai-Ching is known for her contemporary ceramic designs. Working with a medium that is rooted in the Chinese tradition, Wong stretches its limits, incorporating other disciplines such as tailoring, cobbling, and lamp production. She has recently honed in on replicating natural forms through the physicality of clay. Inspired by the geographical landscape of Hong Kong and the two-dimensional mountains seen in traditional Chinese paintings, Fiona created the series Emerging Mountains. In the sculptures displayed here, organic, snowy, amorphous mountains are contained within the squares of a wooden antique cabinet, providing a contemplative and contemporary 3-D vision of Chinese landscape.

 

Wong graduated from the University of East Anglia and later obtained her MFA degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1997. In 2000 she received the Starr Fellowship award from the ACC and, in 2012, she was invited to participate in the Hong Kong Eye exhibition held at Saatchi Gallery in London, and in 2013 the designer brand Lanvin featured Wong’s sartorial ceramics in their Hong Kong Flagship Store. Recent solo exhibitions include Emerging Mountains, Lumenvisum, Hong Kong (2014) and Splendorous World, Grotto Fine Art, Hong Kong (2014). She has been invited to various artist-in-residence programs held in Australia, Germany, America and Taiwan; and the International Workshop for Ceramic Arts in Tokoname, Japan and the Banff Centre for Arts, Canada. Fiona is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva and currently teaches at The Hong Kong Art School.; and her works have been widely exhibited and collected by museums and private organisations around the world, including British Museum, London, UK; Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong; Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong.