Xi Jie Ng (Salty) is an artist, filmmaker and performance maker from the tropical metropolis of Singapore. She is currently in the MFA in art & social practice program at Portland State University. She has been supported by the Singapore National Arts Council postgraduate scholarship, the Singapore Film Commission, the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize and the Regional Arts and Culture Council (Oregon).
Her interdisciplinary work explores possibilities in the poetic, eccentric and infinite everyday. She makes collaborative encounters that are intimate, semi-fictional paradigms for the real and imagined lives of humans. This context-specific practice is concerned with presenting diverse perspectives, challenging dominant power structures in offbeat ways and facilitating the unexpected, often serendipitous results of working in a socially engaged manner.
She is interested in seniors as their own cosmos, the role of clown in relation to our deepest selves, the intersection between art, nature and spirituality, and performance that transforms the everyday. What is the relationship between fantasy and reality? Between performativity and this work? Between the art world and the larger world outside of it? By holding these questions at the forefront, she seeks to enrich the spatial and energetic possibilities of the places and situations we inhabit.
Salty has worked with buskers, seniors, her grandparents, cafeteria staff, migrant workers and friends in rural India; in a Finnish forest, a restored thrift store, the basement of an old electrical station, by a creek; given facials, embroidered chakras and braided hair.
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