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Everyday Reflections

Hem X presents 'Intrusive Thoughts' by Ellen Pong at NYCxDesign, a mirror-meets-memo board collection commissioned by Superhouse

15/05/2024 - Hem X Hem's exclusive platform for limited-edition designs, artist collaborations and boundary-pushing experimentation - presents an exclusive work by NYC-based ceramic artist and designer Ellen Pong. Intrusive Thoughts is a mirror-meets-memo board collection commissioned by Superhouse and previewed at NYCxDesign.

Motivated by curiosity, creativity and collaboration, Hem X is Hem's dedicated initiative to celebrate and showcase the next generation of creatives who will define the design world of tomorrow.
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Pong is the first US-based artist in the Hem X vanguard. Having never formally studied ceramics, Pong entered the art and design world as an outsider, bringing a fresh perspective and a distinctly unconventional approach to her craft, free from preconceived notions and often combining unexpected materials and forms.

Developed in collaboration with New York art and furniture gallery Superhouse, which hosted Pong's first solo exhibition in 2023, Intrusive Thoughts is a series of two sculptural mirrors that explore the imaginary lives of everyday objects.

Working with ceramics and stainless steel, Pong has inserted a ceramic tile with an irreverent bas-relief scene into the centre of one mirror as a direct obstruction and created a surrounding set of magnetic ceramic buttons that can be dynamically rearranged on the mirror's surface, encouraging interaction and ensuring that the piece is constantly evolving. The buttons also offer utility, transforming the mirror into a functional magnetic board where notes, photos and lists can be pinned - dotting the user's reflection with things they want to remember.

"I often think about utility and futility, and the absurdity of imagining something in the middle. Most objects are either useful or not. To be in-between is kind of funny. What's the point of a mirror that you can't see yourself in? Maybe the multi-functionality of Intrusive Thoughts reveals a kind of absurdity in demanding an object to perform so many tasks simultaneously. As it becomes more useful as a magnet board, it becomes less useful as a mirror. That's fine," says Ellen Pong.
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Like much of Pong's work to date, Intrusive Thoughts is playful, almost naive in its expression. Driven by curiosity and experimentation - traits shared by all Hem X creators - Intrusive Thoughts embodies the irreverent energy and innovation that animates the platform, furthering its mission to empower visionary artists and designers who share Hem's commitment to creativity and innovation.

"I am honored to have collaborated with Hem on their first Hem X launch in the US. From the start, I knew Ellen's work would be the perfect match for the program. Her characteristic blend of humor and intellect made her an ideal candidate to work with the brand. The mirrors that she created are ingenious. It's functional, but also not and has a great sense of play. I hope this piece opens new opportunities for artists working with the Hem X program in the US," states Stephen Markos, founder and director, Superhouse.

The exclusive collaboration includes 12 mirrors, six with bas-relief ducks and six with bas-relief boots. The 12 editions in the exclusive Hem X series are handmade, so each piece is unique.
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