Born 1979, Auckland (NZ). Lives and works in London (GB).
Sriwhana Spong moves between film, painting, performance and sculpture. Her recent work has focussed on the relationship between bodies, language and sound, as inspired by the practices of medieval female mystics. In parallel to this, Spong’s work continues to explore a long standing interest in understanding her personal sense of displacement in relation 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. Significant solo exhibitions include: Ida-Ida, Spike Island, Bristol (2019); a hook but no fish, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2018) and Im Wintergarden, DAAD Gallery, Berlin (2016). Her work has also been included in group presentations including: Honestly Speaking: The Word, The Body, and The Internet, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2020); Sights and Sounds, The Jewish Museum, New York City (2015); Taking Form, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2013) and the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012).
Sriwhana Spong is a finalist in the 2021 Walters Prize, a biennial award that profiles outstanding examples of contemporary New Zealand art.