I juxtapose appropriated images from vintage children’s books along with other found and original images to address the process of cultural assimilation and the development of individual identity. I am especially interested in this subject having been born in South America to Chinese parents and having learned about my ancestors’ culture as an outsider. I create my cross-cultural narratives using encaustic and mixed media including oil, pigments from Morocco and India, volcanic ash from Ecuador, rice paper, silver/gold/copper leaves, beads, and electronic components from circuit boards.
Cecile Chong has exhibited work at El Museo’s (S) Files, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Sue Scott Gallery, Corridor Gallery in New York and at The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London. Cecile is a recipient of the 2009/10 Urban Artist Initiative/NYC Fellowship and the 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. She participated in Aljira’s Emerge 10 program and in a residency at Vermont Studio Center. Cecile's work is in the collections of El Museo del Barrio, Citibank Art Advisory, Peggy Cooper-Cafritz and Carmen Ana Unanue Collection. She obtained an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, an MA in Education from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College. Her early schooling took place in Ecuador, Macau and China. Cecile is currently part of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program.