Caroline Wong

Study for Picnic 2 (Cats and Girls series)

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Year 2023
Medium Coloured pencil on beige paper
Dimensions 21.5 x 30 cm

About the work

A small compositional study for my ‘Cats and Girls’ series — a body of life-size pastel drawings of East and Southeast Asian women and their cats devouring food. It explores the historical and cultural ties between femininity and felinity, the repressed appetites and desires of women, a longing for the simplicity and amorality of cats and children, and the sensuality and hedonism of both eating and drawing. Inspiration is taken from the East Asian tradition of narrative scroll painting, the Chinese genre of meirenhua (‘beautiful women pictures’), depictions of mischievous cats across eastern and western cultures, and the lush, tactile materiality of the drawings made by Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Rego.

Career Highlights

Selected solos:
Soy Capitán, Berlin, Germany (2024, forthcoming);
Picnics and Parties, Gallery Belenius, Stockholm, Sweden (2024);
Hungry Women, Richard Saltoun Gallery (online), London, UK (2024);
Eternal Summer, Castello San Basilio (Berlingieri Collection), Pisticci, Italy (2023);
Cats & Girls, Soy Capitán, Berlin, Germany (2022).

Selected group shows:
Passage of Time, Soy Capitán, Berlin, Germany (2023);
Contested Bodies, Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, UK (2023);
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, UK (2023);
In the Land of Cockaigne, Quench Gallery, Margate, UK (2022);
Drawn Out, Drawing Room, London, UK (2021);
Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK (2021).

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