As an artist who expresses ideas, I strive to find methods of execution that best illustrate and transcend my chosen concept, which leads me to experiment with mediums that I wouldn't normally consider. As an immigrant who arrived in the U.S. 14 years ago, living in both rural and urban communities, I have never stopped being curious about the human conditions that surrounds me, especially the process of change, and how circumstances affect the decisions and choices we make, which inevitably lead to the different roads that we find ourselves on. Despite the different paths that free will can lead us to, my work also the acknowledges the cyclical nature of the human life, where many experiences are more or less universal.
The Rite of Passage pairs the ambulatory environment of a hospital and a subway station through the creation of a series of vignettes showing patients being ushered from one hospital room to another, through changes in medical condition or procedure.
The Vacation Series expresses the complex feelings associated with the act of moving out of homes and hotel rooms by way of painting over objects in photographs that were taken during my occupancy of the space. I use photography in my work for its ability to capture and preserve a moment in time, before “updating” the images to create alternate realities or future outcomes based on what was once documented on the photograph, while leaving physical traces of the original image.
My recent interactive works explore the idea of windows - a conduit between the interior of the private domain and the public space outdoors. In 16 Windows, fused glass was used to depict imaginary scenes of perpetual everyday life. In the Conspicuous Inoccupancy series, the boarded windows (cut out digital photo mounted on foam core) allow viewers to decide for themselves whether it's more desirable to see a building boarded up rather than exposing the deterioration of the vacant interior - simulated by the marker drawings in the back layer.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Hong Kong in 1977, Eugenie Tung, immigrated to United States at the age of 17, and lived with her aunt in eastern Washington State for six months. Despite being raised by creative professionals, Eugenie was never known to be a high-achiever. In the Hong Kong education system she failed her 10th grade art classes, and was later expelled from Kamiakan HS in Kennewick, WA. She enrolled in Western Washington University in 1999 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2001. She then moved to New York and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the Brooklyn College, City University of New York in 2004, where she was awarded a teaching position for a Basic Design Course. She was also among one of the 10 recipients for the 2004 Joan Mitchell MFA Grant and was the Head Teacher for a Drawing and Painting Studio course organized by the Joan Mitchell Foundation Education Program from 2005 to 2007.
Since 2000, her artworks have been shown in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; Madison, Wisconsin; Burlington, Vermont; Summit, New Jersey; New York City; Berlin, Germany; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and in the January 2003 and February 2012 issues of New American Paintings. In 2007, Eugenie’s work was shown at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum for a group show, The Photograph as Canvas, and have completed her first public art project, 16 Windows, at the New Lots Avenue Station on the L line, commissioned by the New York MTA Arts for Transit Program Permanent Art projects, which was featured in the 12/27/07 edition of New York Sun and the bookContemporary Glass. By 2010, Eugenie has since been chosen as finalist for two other public art projects and was a juror/panelist for the MTA Arts for Transit Program Permanent Art Projects. In 2011, Eugenie was commissioned by the New York City Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program to complete a temporary public art project located in Brooklyn, NY.
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