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School of Visual Art and Design

Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence

February 25, 2020

Get to know our new Artist-in-Residence.

Evelyn Wong is an interdisciplinary Chinese-American artist. For her residency with the School of Visual Art and Design, she’ll be working in the SVAD Studio at Stormwater Studios in downtown Columbia, S.C, and interfacing with the UofSC and Columbia communities. Evelyn Wong received her B.F.A. from the University of South Carolina and her M.F.A. from Maine College of Art.  She works across book arts, installation, collage, drawing, painting, and embroidery, and cites artists such as Andrea Dezsö, Kara Walker, Shahzia Sikander, Xiyadie, Sonya Clark, and author Laura Esquivel as sources of her inspiration.  

Wong’s research into various narrative formats has led to investigations on the use of various book forms with Asian origins as a reference to her own story and heritage.  Her work highlights the problems of unquestioned practices found in the long-held traditions and patriarchal attitudes of Chinese culture that contribute to women’s invisibility and oppression. Her work reflects the state of liminality experienced by someone who exists between American society and Chinese culture, and questions whether the problems she sees are so different from one culture to another.

Evelyn Wongbook by Evelyn Wong

Evelyn Wong’s Residency Project

"wHeRe ArE yOuR pEoPLe FrOm?? is an art project I am proposing for a residency at Stormwater Studios. As a Chinese American from South Carolina, my kitchen is always a blend of flavors from the American South and Chinese cuisine. Although recipes from my family’s cookbook are a large part of my culinary experience, I have inevitably taken a great deal of influence from my neighbors over the years—talented home cooks and local chefs from diverse backgrounds whose love of food and joy of cooking have inspired me as an artist and experimental home cook. This project will involve interviews and photographs that engage and highlight members of the local community, including chefs, home cooks, and food enthusiasts from my hometown of Columbia,South Carolina.

The project will culminate in an artist’s book of family recipes, blended-culture recipes, interviews, and snapshots to show where “my people” are really from. The artist’s book, as a form of narrative visual art, will hold together stories from these community members who may have had family origins in Columbia or may have emigrated from other countries and found a home in Columbia. My personal ties to the community and my own recipes that have been inspired by these people will also be shared as part of this book’s creation."

Community Workshops

Evelyn Wong is leading several workshops with the SVAD, UofSC, and Columbia communities. These workshops are completely free and open to the public. All materials will be provided but feel free to bring special items you wish to use or incorporate. All workshops are three hours long unless otherwise stated. Click on a workshop title to learn about the projects you’ll make. Space is limited, so please register to reserve your spot.

Basic Bookbinding Structures Workshop 
Friday, March 13
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM
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Bookbinding has a rich history from its early usage in religious texts to contemporary forms of visual storytelling. Experimentations with paper and other materials has led to developments in paper engineering in pop-up books, unconventional book forms, and other contemporary methods of visual narratives. This workshop will give an introduction to some basic book structures that will give participants ideas to develop their own bound-book (and beyond!) projects.

Traditional Asian Book Bindings Workshop
Rescheduled to Monday March 23, from 10 - 11 am, 12 - 1 pm, and 2 - 3 pm. One bookbinding structure will be taught per online class. These workshops will be live streamed on our Facebook page (uofscSVAD).

Asian book bindings are recognized for their delicate treatment of papers and materials that have stood the test of time. In the present-day, Asian book bindings are popular for holding together loose pages of imagery and text in poetic visual narratives. This workshop will give an introduction to some fun and simple Asian bookbinding structures!

Zine Making Workshop
Facebook Live Stream: Monday, March 30, 10:00 AM 

Although zines have been around since the early-mid part of the 20th century, their rise to popularity came during the age of punk culture when the accessibility to commercial and home printers became more widespread. Cultural shifts and artist activism found that zines could be easily distributed as a form of guerrilla art. Today, zines are made to talk about every kind of topic in the world and can even be made virtual to be shared with an online audience.

In this workshop, participants will view samples of zines and learn to make their own paper zines around the topic of food and recipes. 

After the livestream, feel free to go at your own pace. This is where you can get detailed and creative. Once finished, we will share them virtually through photographs and use them as a way to discuss where we came from!

Upload a picture of your zine cover to the video comments and DM us pictures of the rest of the zine to be added to our community album on Facebook, along with any descriptions or comments, by Friday, April 3.

You’ll need the following items to make your own zine: 

  • Paper: any kind! Copy paper, paper bags, construction paper, printed newspaper, magazines, whatever you've got. 
  • Something to draw or write with: pencils, pens, markers, sharpies, crayons
  • Optional / other: scissors, glue, stapler, magazines and newspapers that you can cut up, old photos you can cut out, stamps and stamp pads, stickers, watercolors and brushes, old artwork or sketches, paint sample strips, leaves, sequins, colorful papers, lined or gridded papers, anything you can think of!

CANCELED: Community Potluck
Friday, April 3
Bring a dish that has a special history to you and we’ll get to know one another through a discussion on history and cultural identity. You're welcome to join us for a workshop before the potluck and are highly encouraged to join the zine-making workshop on March 27.


Other Events

CANCELED: Columbia Open Studios
April 4 and 5
Can’t make it to any workshops? Stop by the SVAD Studio (413 Pendleton Street) during Columbia Open Studios to meet Evelyn and see her residency workspace.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.