Stewart Wong in the Artist Studio
Join artist in residence Stewart Wong (Kanaka Maoli, Chinese, and Russian) in the Artist Studio. He will be carving ‘Ohe kapala (bamboo stamps) and I’e kuku (square mallet) and beat Mo’omo’o (bast fibers). In addition to carving and pounding fibers, Stewart will also test natural dyes and ohe kapala printing on kapa.
About the Artist
Public Artist Stewart Wong is from Oahu, Hawaii. He is Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian), Chinese, and Russian ancestry. His mixed media craft and artistry spans from two-dimensional printworks to three-dimensional constructs and sculpture, including large scale public art. The work reflects his knowledge and experience melding craft, artistic applications and techniques in differing concepts and methods with low and high technology.
Relocating to the Pacific Northwest from Hawaii in the 1980s imposed an environmental and cultural shift which has been continually transformational. This transition influences and informs his work and propels him to produce works that acknowledge, commemorate, and embrace his Kanaka Maoli identity, heritage and experiences. In partnership with and support from the Burke Museum and City of Seattle Hope Corps grant, the artist is taking a new direction creating mixed-media constructs.
The artwork will include patterned Kapa and other materials and applications to represent his Kanaka Maoli heritage and Mo’olelo (narrative) of personal experiences. His public art installations feature and commemorate marginalized people, their adversity, resilience, contributions, and legacy. Since the onset of COVID, its effects on the AAPI and BIPOC communities has influenced him to be more visible and proactive in his work and reconnect with the Pacific Islander Communities.