• Joyce C Wong, Guided Grief Hotline ; Recorded Telephone Messages, 2013
  • Joyce C Wong, Guided Grief Hotline ; Recorded Telephone Messages, 2013
  • Joyce C Wong, Nine Vessels, Ceramic Medicinal Jars, Found Driftwood, 2012
  • Joyce C Wong, Vinyl, Dimensions Variable, 2013
  • Joyce C Wong, Video Still, For The Record, Performance, 2013

I create artwork that borders on absurdity and relies heavily on the nature of loving, audience participation and trust. I try to expose personal mythologies for partic­ipants and for myself. I construct social experiments and instructional activities that are meant to uncover hidden truths about oneself. My work often asks viewers to sacrifice a little bit of comfort in exchange for self discovery.

Recently, I lost someone I love, and as a result, my work has redirected to cathartic releases. With death, we are often at a loss on how to move on, recover, or grieve. Often, we are left with unanswered ques­tions and emotional pain. To alleviate these obstacles, my practice finds alterna­tive avenues to help share the responsi­bility of this burden and to reveal hidden strength in order to face life’s challenges head on. Through telephone hotlines, social interactions, and competitive pow­erlifting, I am exploring this territory of survival after death.

St. Louis, MO