Sparks #19

Meirav Ong

Meirav Ong comes from a lineage of Jewish women who have been pacified and silenced for generations. Her practice sanctifies listening to heal the inherited traumas of this repression.
I’ve spent a lot of time playing with fire and water, mesmerized by the interactions of these opposing elements. Fire drawings are made through a process of burning gunpowder on paper and then painting with watercolors over the burnt marks. The spontaneity of the materials, acting according to their own will allows for an unpredictability with each painting.
  • 2016
  • Signed
  • Original unique work
  • Ong creates sanctuaries for listening with textiles, clay, fire, sound recordings, and body-based performances. Listening, a seemingly counterintuitive response to being silenced is a practice of empathy. It is an act of simultaneous giving and receiving. While most recently her practice has responded to matters within Modern Orthodox Judaism, her work can be read more broadly as an indictment of and resistance to systemic discrimination against non-male voices within patriarchal systems. By subverting the silence of oppression through curating experiences of intentional listening, Ong’s work transforms listening into an act of resistance. 

Watercolor, Gunpowder, and acrylic ink on paper, 4 x 4.5 inches

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