Magdalen Wong (b. 1981 Hong Kong) received her BFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003, and her MFA with a Trustee Merit Scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005.
Her current work stems from careful observation of the mundane, often working with things that are easily accessible, such as generic imageries (i.e. sunrise and sunsets) or found objects (i.e. balloons and old necklaces). By concealing and accentuating specific details in the objects and imageries, she hopes to generate an alternate narrative, revealing the mystery in the ordinary and the poetics of the everyday.
Wong had received the Freeman Foundation Asian Artists’ Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center Residency in 2010, and the Asia Pacific Artist Fellowship from the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, with a 5-month residency at Goyang Art Studio in Seoul in 2011.
She had exhibited at the Para/site Art Space, Hong Kong; Osage, Hong Kong; Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids; Gallery 21, Malmo; and Gallery 400, Chicago.