Sriwhana Spong

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Sriwhana Spong, Ida–Ida, Installation View, Spike Island, Bristol, 2019. Photo © Max McClure

Sriwhana Spong, Was Saint Ignatius able to tell the difference between palms and Eucalyptus trees, 2016, HD digital video, sound, duration 12 mins

Sriwhana Spong, Instrument B (Vivian), 2016, made with the assistance of Wilken Schade, aluminium tone bars by Matt Nolan, wood, acrylic, rubber, aluminium, two parts, each 780 x 474 x 402mm

Sriwhana Spong, Im Wintergarten, 2016, Performance still, choreographer Benjamin Ord, dancers Benjamin Ord and Michael John Harper, daadgalerie, Berlin

Sriwhana Spong, The Fourth Notebook, 2015, HD video, 8 min 36 sec

Sriwhana Spong, The Stranger’s House, 2013, calico, acrylic paint, 12 x 4.4 m, installation view Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sriwhana Spong, VS!MF!TB!, 2015, Dimensions variable, steel, laminated wood, Installation view, Piet Zwart, Rotterdam, 2015

Sriwhana Spong, Tasseography of a Rat’s Nest, 2015, Performance, DAAD event, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Sriwhana Spong, Learning Duets, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video, choreographed and danced by Benjamin Ord

Sriwhana Spong, Villa America, 2012, silk dyed in Fanta, two pieces, total 4630 x 16000 mm, Installation view ICA, Singapore 2016

Sriwhana Spong, Actions and Remains, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Actions and Remains, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Beach Study, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video

Sriwhana Spong, Midrose, Soft Frost, 2012, book pages, coloured filter, lighting gel, frame, 430 x 530 mm

Sriwhana Spong, The Purple Blotter, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Costume for a Mourner, 2010, choreographed and danced by Benjamin Ord,
high-definition digital video,
duration 8 min 22 sec

Sriwhana Spong, Muttnik, 2005, super 8 transferred to DVD, 1 min 12 sec

Sriwhana Spong, Was Saint Ignatius able to tell the difference between palms and Eucalyptus trees, 2016, HD digital video, sound, duration 12 mins

Sriwhana Spong, Im Wintergarten, 2016, Performance still, choreographer Benjamin Ord, dancers Benjamin Ord and Michael John Harper, daadgalerie, Berlin

Sriwhana Spong, The Stranger’s House, 2013, calico, acrylic paint, 12 x 4.4 m, installation view Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sriwhana Spong, Tasseography of a Rat’s Nest, 2015, Performance, DAAD event, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Sriwhana Spong, Villa America, 2012, silk dyed in Fanta, two pieces, total 4630 x 16000 mm, Installation view ICA, Singapore 2016

Sriwhana Spong, Actions and Remains, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Midrose, Soft Frost, 2012, book pages, coloured filter, lighting gel, frame, 430 x 530 mm

Sriwhana Spong, Costume for a Mourner, 2010, choreographed and danced by Benjamin Ord,
high-definition digital video,
duration 8 min 22 sec

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Born 1979, Auckland (NZ). Lives and works in London (GB)

Sriwhana Spong’s practice moves between film, painting, performance and sculpture. Her recent work has focussed on the relationship between the body, language and sound, as inspired by the practices of medieval female mystics. In parallel to this Spong’s work continues to explore her long standing interest in understanding her personal sense of displacement in reference to her Balinese heritage.

Spong graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Auckland in 2001. She received a Masters of Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam in 2015. Her work has been included in significant group presentations including: Honestly Speaking: The Word, The Body, and The Internet, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland (2020); Sights and Sounds, The Jewish Museum, New York City (2015) Taking Form, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2013) and 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012). Significant solo exhibitions include Ida-Ida, Spike Island, Bristol (2019); A hook but no fish, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2018) and Im Wintergarten, DAAD Gallery, Berlin (2016).

Spong has been the recipient of multiple residencies including with the ISCP, New York City (2008); and Gasworks, London (2016). She was nominated for New Zealand’s premiere contemporary art award, the Walter’s Prize, for Fanta Silver and Song in 2012. Spong was nominated a second time for her work castle-crystal, presented as a part of Now Spectral, Now Animal at the 2019 Edinburgh Arts Festival and included in Honestly Speaking in 2020.

 
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Sriwhana Spong, Ida–Ida, Installation View, Spike Island, Bristol, 2019. Photo © Max McClure

Sriwhana Spong, Was Saint Ignatius able to tell the difference between palms and Eucalyptus trees, 2016, HD digital video, sound, duration 12 mins

Sriwhana Spong, Instrument B (Vivian), 2016, made with the assistance of Wilken Schade, aluminium tone bars by Matt Nolan, wood, acrylic, rubber, aluminium, two parts, each 780 x 474 x 402mm

Sriwhana Spong, Im Wintergarten, 2016, Performance still, choreographer Benjamin Ord, dancers Benjamin Ord and Michael John Harper, daadgalerie, Berlin

Sriwhana Spong, The Fourth Notebook, 2015, HD video, 8 min 36 sec

Sriwhana Spong, The Stranger’s House, 2013, calico, acrylic paint, 12 x 4.4 m, installation view Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sriwhana Spong, VS!MF!TB!, 2015, Dimensions variable, steel, laminated wood, Installation view, Piet Zwart, Rotterdam, 2015

Sriwhana Spong, Tasseography of a Rat’s Nest, 2015, Performance, DAAD event, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Sriwhana Spong, Learning Duets, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video, choreographed and danced by Benjamin Ord

Sriwhana Spong, Villa America, 2012, silk dyed in Fanta, two pieces, total 4630 x 16000 mm, Installation view ICA, Singapore 2016

Sriwhana Spong, Actions and Remains, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Actions and Remains, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Beach Study, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video

Sriwhana Spong, Midrose, Soft Frost, 2012, book pages, coloured filter, lighting gel, frame, 430 x 530 mm

Sriwhana Spong, The Purple Blotter, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Costume for a Mourner, 2010, choreographed and danced by Benjamin Ord, high-definition digital video, duration 8 min 22 sec

Sriwhana Spong, Muttnik, 2005, super 8 transferred to DVD, 1 min 12 sec