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Pei-San Ng: the girl who plays with fire

Matches: Passion, 20″ x 14″ x 4″

Finally – art that would keep even Dr. Zhivago warm!  A hand-drawn typographic sculpture which says “Love” made of matchsticks – who would create such an intense piece?  Her name is Pei-San Ng, an architectural designer / multimedia artist, residing in Chicago, Illinois.  Ng says, “Love on fire represents romance and passion or destructions and jealousy.  It is raw and gritty.”

Matches: Dollar — 7″ x 9.25″ x 4″

The above piece (Passion) is made up of approximately 2,500 match sticks and took her 24 hours to complete. The board is a reclaimed art board / plywood which was previously used as a glueing surface.

I confess – looking at these sculptures composed of thousands of matches brings out the closet pyromaniac in me. Ng admits “with every piece finished, came an urge to burn it.”

Matches: Mookie’s Sneakers

In a moving tribute to honor a deceased friend, Ng created Mookie’s Sneakers. “In Chinese culture, we burn paper money so the spirit can take these notes with them to the afterlife,” she says. “These papers are called joss paper. In contemporary culture, they have included paper cell phones, paper credit cards and paper boats. I made a pair of sneakers for Chris to take with”.  Ng continues “these sneakers were in his Tribute show entitled “Tapedek: The Afters Cool Show” at CAD on April 9th, 2010. One of the pair was burned at the end of the show with a gathering of his friends.”

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