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ABOUT

I am a mixed media artist pursuing my PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to my arrival to Amherst, I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2019. As an artist-scholar, I create visual art to explore how family structures and womanhood are expressed in visual and musical performances within Jamaica and the Caribbean diaspora. My recent art pieces and articles have been featured in Contemporary Media Arts Journal (2021) and in the Small Axe Salon special issue on textiles (2021).

FAQ: For All Your Inquiries

  • Get in touch!
    For inquiries, you can contact me at gchong@umass.edu.
  • Any current projects?
    I am currently writing a prospectus for my dissertation that focuses on clothing as a form of survival in Jamaican dancehall culture. Research creation is the main methodology for this dissertation. Research creation (also known as artistic research) is defined by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as “an approach to research that combines academic and research practices and supports the development of knowledge and innovation through artistic expression, scholarly investigation, and experimentation. This method is critically informed by research found within various art forms.” The term challenges dominant hierarchies and allows for the telling of new stories. I was first introduced to the term by Zalika U. Ibaorimi, a multidisciplinary artist and doctoral candidate at UT Austin who showcased her piece, “Jawn Theory” which is part of a three-part auto-ethnographic performance on the Black communal logic of relationality and absence. This work was shared at the “The Art of Black Sexual Ecologies” panel by the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. By centring clothing and garmenting , I plan to think about various themes such as the relationship between Carnival and Jonkonnu; Afro-Asian intimacies and collaborations in dancehall; and dancehall fashion and its relationship to dance and music. Art installations of my own creation will be the focal points of this dissertation through which I plan to articulate these themes and explorations.
  • What are your primary artistic forms?
    I consider myself a mixed media artist. Currently, I am interested in garmenting through which I (re)use and (re)make clothing as a critical tool to think through form and function, textile accessibility, gender, and sexuality.
  • Who are the artists and scholars that inspire your work?
    I think of my work as a sort of bricolage. It is not solely one thing, but many things inspired by the creativity of others. I deeply admire the artistic works of Kevin Adonis Browne, Andrea Chung, Solange Govia, Kadine Lindsay, Ebony G. Patterson, and L'Antointte Stines. Scholars like Tao Leigh Goffe, Sonjah Stanley Niaah, and Bibi Bakare-Yusuf greatly influence my research interests.
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