Artist Statement

Kristofer Heng

Born in Monte Nido, CA, currently living and working in Washington, DC

My practice involves paper, the printed image, and philosophical and political inquiries. I approach the printed image as raw material. I do not cut something out because I feel it will speak for me or for the idea it was meant to speak for but rather I cut it out in order to ask questions of it and of its parts and of how we see and use them.  How are our lives changing because of the kinds of images we consume? What can an image mean now? An image is not a static bearer of objective truth but instead is malleable, both in form and in meaning.

Collage is one way of using printed or digital images. I make collages but I do not start with the idea of collage but rather I pursue it as isolating and suspending fragmented images in a 2-dimensional space. The resulting questions I attempt through the work are part critique and part thralldom, oscillating between beauty, humor, the mundane, political horror, and joy.