Corky Lee on My Mind: Chee Wang Ng

The Salt of The Earth - Dinner Time series (Triptych) (2018; from left to right: Golden Wok, Chelsea; Lucky, Woodside; May Wah, Little Italy; NYC)

"Corky was 'the salt of the earth. This triptych was in 'The Margin Matters: Empathy & Concern,' a group show I was in with Corky in 2019. Neighborhood Chinese restaurants, and especially takeout places, across the U.S. have taken a new important and fresh relevance in the age of Covid-19."


Chee Wang Ng is a visual artist born in Kuala Lumpur and based in New York City. He studied Liberal Arts at Wartburg College and earned his BFA in Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design.

Ng’s work addresses the identity of the Chinese diaspora by reevaluating, challenging, and modernizing traditional Chinese allegory that draws upon ancient literature, metaphor, and mythology by engaging and matching with various different media. His photographic series “Eaten Your Fill of Rice?” was the main cultural component in the 2004 World Food Prize International Symposium in Des Moines, IA. His installation “100 China(s): All Chinese Looks Alike…” questioned the metaphysical essence of Chineseness, while his video “108 Global Rice Bowls” captured the spirituality of Buddhism in new media.

Ng has had solo shows at Capital Square, and Plymouth Gallery in Des Moines, IA, and exhibited his work at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum; Aljira; University of California, Berkeley; Stony Brook University; and Savannah College of Art and Design.

View his art resume

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