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Wushuang Tong Jersey City, New Jersey

Artist Wushuang Tong paints surreal portraits of her two pet lizards gazing out of her high-rise apartment near the Hudson River estuary. Her home boasts abundant natural light and a sweeping view of the Statue of Liberty. "Every day, I see a shining expanse of sea and the sunset like loose silk flying from the edge of the horizon," says Wushuang. After earning a BA at Wuhan University, Wushuang moved to the United States to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and later earned her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In college, she served as the principal cellist in the symphony orchestra, and today, she composes scores for her artworks and performs professionally. She also plays piano and guitar, as well as several folk instruments, such as the cucurbit flute (a Chinese instrument) and dutar (a central Asian string instrument). Her artwork has been exhibited and collected internationally, including in New York, London, Berlin, and Singapore.

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    About The Artist

    Artist Wushuang Tong paints surreal portraits of her two pet lizards gazing out of her high-rise apartment near the Hudson River estuary. Her home boasts abundant natural light and a sweeping view of the Statue of Liberty. "Every day, I see a shining expanse of sea and the sunset like loose silk flying from the edge of the horizon," says Wushuang. After earning a BA at Wuhan University, Wushuang moved to the United States to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and later earned her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In college, she served as the principal cellist in the symphony orchestra, and today, she composes scores for her artworks and performs professionally. She also plays piano and guitar, as well as several folk instruments, such as the cucurbit flute (a Chinese instrument) and dutar (a central Asian string instrument). Her artwork has been exhibited and collected internationally, including in New York, London, Berlin, and Singapore.

    Artist Statement

    I work across painting, sculpture, and installation. If I have to use two phrases to summarize my work, they will be "poetic scenes" and "melodic fluidity."

    I often write poetry for my painting and even consider my work to be truly complete only after I have a poem for it. My painting and poetry complement each other.

    I consciously imitate the creation of music from form to process—sometimes like a sonata, assembling a combination of andante and allegro; sometimes like an improvisation, leaving the work to change drastically and finally reveal itself. I see the beauty in the structure of classical music and seek the same poise in visual art.

    The theme of my work is usually a virtual ecosystem that implicates a self-narrative. Inspired by nature, I create unreal abstract worlds: the landscapes that no one walks into, the creatures that only I can touch, the scenes that happen in fairy tales—I need a realm where I can perch alone. These worlds are reflections of my innermost being by which I could confront reality. Elements that are existing but far from daily life, such as prehistoric organisms, fossils, galaxies, are incorporated into my works to set up a unique and isolated "theatre." These elements also grant poetry and music to play critical roles in my art: they are like scripts and soundtracks, together with the scenery to complete the performance.

    I aim for balance when visualizing the different forms: to express the kinetic by making shapes that are floating, gathering, dissolving, or in any other kind of movement. Every ecosystem is undoubtedly complex and interactive, and each component cannot be treated separately, just like my pursuit of poetry, music, and art combined.

    Artist Background

    Royal College of Art
    Master of Arts, 2021

    School of Visual Arts

    Master of Fine Arts, 2019

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