Ink-blotting with an ink slab onto rice paper - GIF






American, Queens NY 1976

Ellen Jong is a multi-disciplinary artist recognized for using utilitarian material to reflect on dynamic personal and collective notions of identity. Technology, traditional and unconventional art practice, and applied craft are used to compose her conceptual works. Process is integral and a means through which she can tackle her relationship with self while considering feminism, formalism and fiction. Her recent work reinvents an ancient and traditional method of ink-making from 12th Century BC China and reclaims the material from her childhood and heritage. Jong says, “I need to go backwards a little to move forward. It’s like a time machine. Made with animal by-product, it is organic – alive and decaying – so working with it demands an acute kind of attention and elasticity. There’s potential with more room for error. I manipulate it but I can’t control it.” 

Jong was first recognized in the downtown NYC scene in the late 90's shooting photographs. Her first monograph, Pees On Earth (powerHouse Books/Miss Rosen Edition) was published in 2006 after her first solo show with Vice Media in 2000. It covers eight years of self-portraits urinating in public, privately, and marks her first iteration of investigations in form and place. Considering feminism, the environment and politics, Jong speaks to legendary Annie Sprinkle for the forward of her book and says, "I want to break down the bathroom walls." 

"Getting To Know My Husband's Cock" is her second book about new self-awareness, loss and desire in love. It was the subject for her solo show "The Invisible Line" curated by Amani Olu at Allegra La Viola Gallery in NYC. 

Jong's practice is process driven and immersed in her life happenings, struggle and hope. 

Jong was born in Queens, NY and lives in Los Angeles.



(b. 1976 American, NY)



2015 Sea Bounds, Basement 6 Collective Space, Shanghai, China

2012 Invisible Line, Allegra LaViola Gallery NY

2000 ICUP, Vice Magazine Flagship Store, NY



2021 Five Minutes To Live, New Discretions curated by Benjamin Tischer, NY

2019 Every Woman Biennial, LaMaMa Galleria NY

2018 Current: Abortion curated by Barbara Zucker, A.I.R. Gallery NY

2016 The Female Gaze curated by Indira Cesarine, Untitled Space, NY

2015 I Never Could Talk To You, with Bazaar Teens, City Bird Gallery, NY

2014 XXX curated by Mathieu Borysevicz, Bank MABSociety Gallery, Shanghai, China

2011 Self-Publish Be Happy curated by Bruno Ceschel, Micamera Milan, Italy

2009 The Vice Photo Show, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR

2006 Toy Box with White Box, Robert Miller Gallery, NY

2006 Speed Limit, LMCC’s Redhead Gallery, NY

2005 Pretend Friendly curated by Alfredo Martinez, the:artist:network, NY



2017 Milk and Night curated by Coco Dolle, Spring Break Art Fair NY

2016 Bazarre Teens, curated by Dustin Yellen, Spring Break Art Fair NY

2010 Empire State of Mind, Staldgade 38, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, DK

2009 ArtLog/Manish Vora presents, Pulse Art Fair, Miami, FL

2009 Scope Art Fair, Marketplace, Miami, FL

2008 The New York Photo Festival, DUMBO NY

2005 Experiments at Scope NY, Flatotel Hotel, NY



2013 The Watermill Center Summer Benefit, The Watermill Center, NY

2013 Whitney Art Party, The Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, NY

2012 Book presentation, The Hole Gallery Bookshop, NY

2011 MiCamera Bookshop, Self Publish Be Naughty Presentation, Milan Italy

2010 Crone Benefit, Gavin Brown Enterprise, NY



Carlo McCormick, Photograph Magazine July 2012

Vince Aletti, The New Yorker June 2012

Sean O’Hagan, On Photography, The Guardian July 25, 2012

Bruno Ceschel, Foam Magazine Issue #29 Oct 2011

Alec Soth’s Best Photo Books of 2010, 2010



2015 Self Publish Be Happy by Bruno Ceschel, Aperture Books, NY

2011 Self Publish Be Naughty, Self-Publish Be Happy Publishing, London

2010 Getting To Know My Husband’s Cock, Self-Published, NY (monograph)

2009 Public Panics: Problematic Bodies in Social Places, Adam Eldridge, London UK

2007 Vice Photo Book, Vice Magazine Publishing, NY

2006 Pees On Earth, Miss Rosen Edition/powerHouse Books, NY (monograph)




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