THE FOUND OBJECTS OF ANDREE KONG
ONE WOMAN'S JUNK, THE WORLD'S TREASURE
Hong Kong has, for centuries existed as a city on the precipice of both the East and West, a threshold between worlds, and like her place of birth, Andree Kong was raised on the edge and in the middle of many things at once. Born into a bilingual family, Andree was raised to appreciate the values and art forms from two very distinct cultures. With a mind and a home full of such life and juxtaposition, it was only a matter of time before she started practicing art. She tells us “the countless cultural contrasts that I encountered throughout my life often drew me to the preciousness of found objects and materials. I believe this fostered my ability to interpret the art world through multiple lenses, and triggered my first step into the creative product field.” In an effort to detail the wild world around her, to show all that she and only she could see, Andree’s passion towards materials and found objects took root as an early child. She started off as “a collector of random junk,” and began to explore craftsmanship, fine art, and sculpture during her high school years, eventually going on to pursue a career in design at the Savannah College of Art and Design.