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Ming Ying Hong

2021 State Fellow

Ming Ying Hong

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Starkville, Mississippi



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Southern Prize and State Fellowship

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Artist Biography

Ming Ying Hong is an interdisciplinary artist based in Starkville, Mississippi. She received her BFA from the University of Kentucky and was a Danforth Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her MFA in visual art. Currently, she teaches at Mississippi State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art. Ming has exhibited throughout the United States in venues such as the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, and Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Artist Statement

My work explores bodies at the margins, questioning the way we define, categorize, and assign power to them. Recognizable forms are fragmented, defamiliarized, and remixed to conflate the masculine with the feminine, the dead with the alive, the ideal and the grotesque. By combining these seemingly contradictory elements together, opposites which once defined each other overlap--ultimately dismantling the system in which one definition is privileged over another. Masculinity no longer prevails over the feminine; strength no longer prevails over the delicate; and stability no longer prevails over the broken. Instead, the work encourages us to examine the in-between spaces of these binaries—the spaces that fall outside of our clear-cut definitions and hierarchies.