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Katarina Wong
updated: 01/22/2013
website: www.katarinawong.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Cascade Co.
Cascade Co. (detail)
Everybody Wong Chung'd That Nite
Everybody Wong Chung'd That Nite (detail)
Blow Yer Big Top
Blow Yer Big Top
Hydrapussy Spring Xplosion
Hydrapussy Spring Xplosion (detail)
Surge at Green Beach (Dusk)
Surge at Green Beach (Dusk) - detail
Hydrapussy (Golden Net)
Hydrapussy (Golden Net) - detail
My Piscean Nostomania
My Piscean Nostomania (detail)
Roil 3
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, mapping, nature, organic, obsessive, pattern, repetition, psychological, process, systems
 
 
Cascade Co. by Katarina Wong
Cascade Co.
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2006-07
96"" x  60"" 
Cascade Co. (detail) by Katarina Wong
Cascade Co. (detail)
Watercolor, sumi ink on paper
2006-07
96" x  60" 
Everybody Wong Chung'd That Nite by Katarina Wong
Everybody Wong Chung'd That Nite
Watercolor, sumi ink, gouache, acrylic on paper
2007
60" x  72" 
Everybody Wong Chung'd That Nite (detail) by Katarina Wong
Everybody Wong Chung'd That Nite (detail)
Watercolor, sumi ink, gouache, acrylic on paper
2007
60" x  72" 
Blow Yer Big Top by Katarina Wong
Blow Yer Big Top
Watercolor on paper
2007
50" x  30" 
Blow Yer Big Top by Katarina Wong
Blow Yer Big Top
Watercolor, acrylic on paper
2007
50" x  30" 
Hydrapussy Spring Xplosion by Katarina Wong
Hydrapussy Spring Xplosion
Watercolor, gouache on paper
2006
72" x  60" 
Hydrapussy Spring Xplosion (detail) by Katarina Wong
Hydrapussy Spring Xplosion (detail)
Watercolor, gouache on paper
2006
72" x  60" 
Surge at Green Beach (Dusk) by Katarina Wong
Surge at Green Beach (Dusk)
Watercolor on paper
2007
30" x  50" 
Surge at Green Beach (Dusk) - detail by Katarina Wong
Surge at Green Beach (Dusk) - detail
Watercolor on paper
2007
30" x  50" 
Hydrapussy (Golden Net)  by Katarina Wong
Hydrapussy (Golden Net)
Watercolor, gouache on paper
2006
60" x  60" 
Hydrapussy (Golden Net) - detail by Katarina Wong
Hydrapussy (Golden Net) - detail
Watercolor, gouache on paper
2006
60" x  60" 
My Piscean Nostomania by Katarina Wong
My Piscean Nostomania
Sumi ink, watercolor on paper
2005
60" x  72" 
My Piscean Nostomania (detail) by Katarina Wong
My Piscean Nostomania (detail)
Sumi ink, watercolor on paper
2005
60" x  72" 
Roil 3 by Katarina Wong
Roil 3
Sumi ink on paper
2005
60" x  60" 

Artist Statement
I come from a long line of migrators: my mother came from Cuba and my father from China. I was born in the U.S., but float, as Federico García Lorca puts it, “between contrary equilibriums.” I find myself in the odd position of inhabiting three cultures, yet also arguably not claimed fully by any one of them. These drawings loosely map the experience of what happens in that zone of contrary equilibriums. These are attempts to hold disparate urges simultaneously and equally – to see the harmony within the discord or vice versa. I like to think of them as seeing what happens when things are stirred up physically, emotionally, or psychologically in the context of finding equilibrium between chaos and order.  The drawings are built up by layers of repeated brush strokes painted with watercolor, sumi ink and/or gouache. Most of the drawings in this series range from 60”x60” to 96”Hx60”.

Artist Bio / CV
Katarina Wong is a painter and installation artist.  Her work has been shown nationally, most recently included in El Museo Del Barrio's 2007 biennial, as well as is part of "The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama," an exhibition that's traveled to LA, Chicago, NYC, San Francisco and moving to Zurich in 2009.  She has received numerous awards and residencies, including the Cintas Fellowship for Cuban and Cuban-American artists and a Pollock-Krasner grant, as well as residencies at Skowhegan, Ucross, the Kunstlerhaus in Salzberg, Austria, and in 2007 at the Open Art Residency in Eretria, Greece.  In addition to her art work, Katarina has also curated several exhibitions in the New York City area.   Katarina was raised in Naples, Florida, and attended college at St. John’s College both in their Santa Fe, NM and Annapolis, MD campuses, studying liberal arts in the classical tradition of Greek, mathematics, sciences, music and literature.  She went on to receive her MFA from the University of Maryland at College.  After living and exhibiting her work for several years in the mid-Atlantic region, Katarina returned to graduate school to study Buddhism, receiving her Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.  She went on to teach drawing at the University of Iowa as a visiting professor before moving to New York City, where she currently resides. 

Besides her studio work, she has co-written two guide books: Let’s Go! Nepal & India and Let’s Go! Washington, DC. She is also currently a volunteer docent at the Rubin Museum of Art, which focuses on the art of the Himalayas.