On December 2nd 2015 The Art Ready students went to visit Cecile Chong. This unique artist is someone I find myself thinking about whenever I use honey while making my famous homemade biscuits. Cecile uses encaustic – a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment), which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint – to create her artwork. This medium that is used has interested me because of how new and unusual it is to see encaustic used by artists. Cecile juxtaposes images taken from vintage children’s books, creates her own images, and appropriates images from other sources in order to make art that tells a “cross–cultural narrative” and make notice of the process of cultural assimilation.
The group all found it interesting to how Cecile Chong used encaustic, loved the stories she told of her childhood, and how she acquired another material she uses in her art… volcanic ash. Being a geology nerd, personally, I was excited to hear this. I love anything having to do with a volcano and so do a lot of the kids in the Art Ready group. The use of volcanic ash in artwork is amazing and makes Cecile an even more unique artist. When visiting artists or viewing their work, you tend to see a special unique aspect in each artist’s style. The style of Cecile’s work really draws you into really viewing the work and really thinking about its deeper meaning. I am starting to notice this as a pattern with all quality visual art. I feel as if the group would love to see more of Cecile’s work! We thank you for having us visit and would love to visit you again.