Exhibition Archive

Emergence at Ogden Contemporary Arts | 8/4-10/15/23


This exhibition presents fiber-based installations by San Francisco-based artist Holly Wong, whose work aims to reclaim the female body and reveal beauty in brokenness. Wong’s work is embedded with past traumas and mourning; it memorializes her mother, who was a victim of domestic and sexual violence, as well as the artist’s own experience with mental illness related to self-harm and body-related trauma. As a whole, the work’s weightlessness and ephemeral quality represents her emergence from this pain with acceptance and celebration. As the artist has described it, the central installation’s boundless presence is a powerful reclamation of feminine strength:

“With Guardian of the Spirits, I have created my alter ego; the same one that all women contain. The bigger, stronger, more-powerful self that we can’t see, but it’s there. It’s loving, and protecting. And it takes up space. It claims space. It says, ‘I am here.’ It is expansive. It has no limitations.”

Ogden Contemporary Art Musem

455 25th St.
Ogden, UT 84401
August 4-October 15, 2023
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Guardian of the Spirits installation overview at OCA.

Alternate installation view (detail) of Guardian of the Spirits at OCA.

Detail view of Guardian of the Spirits at OCA.

Shadow Bodies installation at OCA.

Exterior view of installation at OCA.