Meirav Ong

Class of 2022

Instagram: @meiravi

Meirav Ong (b. 1989) is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work focuses on elevating voices and identities marginalized within patriarchal systems of religion. She uses textiles, clay, sound recordings and body-based performances to create sanctuaries for listening. The physical labor of Ong’s work — twisting, stretching, wrapping, pulling, gathering, tying, and knotting — become expressions of her body. She works with materials which carry their own secrets and stories, like old bed sheets and discarded clothing, rocks and earth, inviting them as witnesses of generations past to voice their untold narratives. Listening, a seemingly counterintuitive response to being silenced, is a practice of empathy. By curating experiences of intentional listening, Ong’s work subverts the silence of oppression and transforms listening into an act of resistance. Ong is a cofounder of Well of Wills, a community for Jewish, feminist, socially-engaged artwork, based in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited throughout the US, including The Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY and has received grants and merit scholarships to the Vermont Studio Center, Penland School of Craft and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Ong received her BFA from the University of Michigan in 2012 and intends to receive her MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2022.