!!! THE INTIMATE VERNACULAR !!!
Salty Xi Jie Ng co-creates semi-fictional paradigms for the real and imagined lives of humans within the poetics of the interdimensional intimate vernacular. Often playing with relational possibilities, her transdisciplinary work is manifested from fantasy scores for the present and future that propose a collective re-imagining through humour, care, subversion, play, discomfort, a celebration of the eccentric, and a commitment to the deeply personal. Her practice dances across forms such as brief encounter, collaborative space, variety show, poem, conversation, meal, publication, film, performance.
As a citizen scholar of the cosmos, Xi Jie explores aging, intimacy, food, lineage, identity, ritual and power, while questioning who artists are and what gets to be called art. Her research of everyday as performance bears fruit as tender presentations somewhere between art and life. Centering the body and its histories, she constructs portrayals of self and space that are ambiguous, raw, dream-like, absurd, mundane. At heart she is a cosmic clown, floating at the intersections of wonder and melancholy, existential meditation and devotional nonsense.
Salty has an MFA in art & social practice from Portland State University. She was Artist-In-Residence at Singapore Art Museum, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's College of Visual & Performing Arts, Buangkok Square (National Arts Council Singapore Community Arts Residency) as well as Artist Fellow at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
She co-created and co-directed The Inside Show, the world's first variety show made in collaboration with prisoners in Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland, OR (USA). In 2016, she founded The Grandma Reporter (TGR), a collaborative publication project on senior women's culture around the earth. Developing from the intimacy issue of TGR in Portland OR, she was was commissioned by Singapore's T:>Works Festival of Women N.O.W. to make Not Grey: Intimacy, Ageing & Being with senior women. She was the 2020-21 editor of Conversations On Everything / Social Forms of Art Journal, a Portland OR publication. In 2022, she created Baibai Research Group, a transdisciplinary platform situated at the intersections of art, spirituality, lineage, relationality, and ritual.
Her work has been supported by diverse platforms from Singapore Art Week, Elsewhere Museum, No Star Arts Grant, and Kaman Art Foundation, to King School Museum of Contemporary Art, Singapore International Film Festival, and Hollywood Senior Center.
Salty practices the Akashic Records, offering her services at cosmicfriend.info.
Her current research and work focus on:
The lineal and dying tradition of Chinese ancestor worship as creative posthumous relationship development; creative acts of grief; ritual; Chinese folk religious practices