Best New
Body of Work

Peggy Kwong-Gordon

Peggy Kwong-Gordon's exhibit of new drawings and other works this winter-spring at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland was an overwhelmingly honest and cohesive exploration of personal identity. Instead of mere paper, Kwong-Gordon used such materials as manila fiber, vellum, pressed wool, and Kozo paper to suggest the multilayered complexity of the Chinese American soul. Most ambitiously, she created a plasterlike mold of her body out of delicate lokta paper, illustrating it with Chinese characters. The image will not soon be forgotten.