Joy Wong’s Skimming, skirmishing explores the fight between interior and exterior worlds by meditating on the dirt that lives with us, on the in-betweenness of skin, boundaries, and thresholds. To skim is to discard of “impurities”. To take the top off, to reveal below. These works are explorations in materiality and corporeal ambiguity. Deteriorating surfaces recall literature on the abject and grotesque. Prints pulled from a matrix using acrylic medium hang haphazardly on a copper armature, like delicate gels or tissue put up to dry, while etchings on xuan paper adorn the surface of the wall like an array of warts or wounds.
Joy Wong (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto. She obtained her BFA from York University with a double major in Visual Arts and Creative Writing and received her MFA from Western University. Wong was a finalist for the 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and was the 2019 Pope Artist in Residence at NSCAD. They are also one-half of Potomo Press.