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Elizabeth Chong

How to Keep Your Hands Occupied at Cranbrook Academy of Art

2012-2013, Paper, Dimensions variable

My art is about irony, humor and the contradiction of society’s norms. Through investigating relationships, I question the artist’s role to observe, inform or critique the inconsistencies in human behavior. Irony and humor soften my critique, disguising my opinions to keep the viewer at a distance. I use techniques and materials that connect to my cultural heritage and family history. Both my mother and grandmother were professional tailors; their labor was meant to cater to the needs of others, while my labor fulfills my own needs. I am taking on an inherited role in making art, manipulating the material’s function both to convey and veil my thoughts of nonconformity.

Elizabeth Chong - How to Keep Your Hands Occupied at Cranbrook Academy of Art

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.