Jessie Yingying Gong | Not Applicable
What do we need to know about the work you are exhibiting at Not Applicable?
My partner is Greek, and I’m Chinese. It’s a kind of love child project, realized in the first year we met – looking at the seemingly different but close origin where we’re from.
How do you interpret the term ‘Not Applicable’?
New Semiotics brings back the perspective that our cultures come from a more similar place than we think. The modern day media and politics tend to portray the 'otherness', creating a wrong focus and an unnecessary gap between us.
What’s the best part about your practice?
I get to research and learn about a variety of topics through applying different techniques in my practice. It is always so much fun, but also a lot of work and experimentation before the end result.
How would you describe yourself?
A multi-disciplinary hustler, who’s learning to go with the flow of life.
How do you choose the themes in your works?
My works are mostly research-based, around the topics of memory, symbolism and language. One linguistic research leads into another rather naturally.
What has changed in your life to the good during the pandemic?
I realised I don’t need much for my life and to be happy.
What do you dislike about the art world?
The money and pretentiousness of it. I worked as a gallery manager for a couple of years. Going to art fairs and selling art became very tiring and disturbing at one point.
What makes you angry?
When I’m hungry, I get hangry…
Name something you love, and why.
Sea, summer, and night swims with bioluminescent algae, cos it’s magical.
What is your biggest goal for 2021?
Get to go to China to see family, and hopefully be able to bring them to a Greek island in the summer.