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Colleen Kong-Savage
updated: 05/06/2008
website: www.kongsavage.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Women's wishing quilt
Women's wishing quilt (detail)
Baby quilt in red
Baby quilt in red (detail)
A wish for community
A wish for community (detail)
Family quilt
Family quilt (detail)
Journey performed
I vaguely seem to remember
I vaguely seem to remember
Shame
untitled
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  memory, text, autobiographical, craft, identity
 
 
Women's wishing quilt by Colleen Kong-Savage
Women's wishing quilt
hand-sewn quilt made from papers with ink and pencil
2005
60" x  72" 
Women's wishing quilt (detail) by Colleen Kong-Savage
Women's wishing quilt (detail)
hand-sewn quilt made from papers with ink and pencil
2005
60" x  72" 
Baby quilt in red by Colleen Kong-Savage
Baby quilt in red
hand-sewn quilt made from handwritten notes
2005
36" x  36" 
Baby quilt in red (detail) by Colleen Kong-Savage
Baby quilt in red (detail)
hand-sewn quilt made from handwritten notes, watercolored
2005
36" x  36" 
A wish for community by Colleen Kong-Savage
A wish for community
Installation of 1,000 origami cranes, table, chairs, audiotrack
2004
Dimensions variable
A wish for community (detail) by Colleen Kong-Savage
A wish for community (detail)
installation of 1,000 origami cranes, table, chairs, audiotrack
2004
Dimensions variable
Family quilt by Colleen Kong-Savage
Family quilt
hand-sewn quilt made from papers with ink and pencil
2003
61" x  60" 
Family quilt (detail) by Colleen Kong-Savage
Family quilt (detail)
Hand-sewn quilt made from papers with ink and pencil
2003
61" x  60" 
Journey performed by Colleen Kong-Savage
Journey performed
mixed media, sewn paper
2002
0" x  0" 
I vaguely seem to remember by Colleen Kong-Savage
I vaguely seem to remember
sewn papers
2002
42" x  25" 
I vaguely seem to remember by Colleen Kong-Savage
I vaguely seem to remember
Mixed media
2001
0" x  0" 
Shame by Colleen Kong-Savage
Shame
charcoal on paper
2004
50" x  28" 
untitled by Colleen Kong-Savage
untitled
Mixed media drawing on paper
2003
40" x  22" 

Artist Statement

My work focuses on self-identity as shaped by community. I explore this idea by borrowing from the tradition of crafts.

I focus primarily on quilts because of their connotations of home and of individuals coming together, e.g. quilting bees or the national AIDS quilt. My hand-sewn quilts are made of paper, a medium I choose for its simultaneous fragility and strength. The quilts incorporate handwriting of people from my past and present—old letters and requested writing samples. Sewn together, they represent communities to which I belong. I also use old passport pages and photographs. For me, quilting is a form of collaged self-portraiture, a metaphor for many experiences sewn into a single multi-faceted identity.

As a child, I moved from country to country every few years before settling in New York as an adult. Much of my artwork is a personal celebration of these last ten years in which I am finally able to surround myself with a stable community. As an artist using the framework of crafts, I find a form of expression that is tied to place and culture, and has the sense of connection that comes from being passed down from generation to generation. Within this sturdy structure, I look for my own individual expression by weaving in some essence of my own community. I draw fellow individuals into my art through their participation and their mark-making. After all, our identities are shaped by those around us.

Artist Bio / CV

Colleen Kong-Savage, born 1973 in Hawaii, grew up in various parts of the world: Zambia, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia. She earned a BA at Smith College, then an MFA in Fiction Writing at Columbia University. Her artwork has been shown in various New York establishments, including the Edward Hopper House, Joyce Soho, and the National Arts Club. She has designed several murals for public elementary schools.