Turning to Wallpaper

Turning to Wallpaper

Poems and Art

Heidi Wong


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"Wear poetry as both perfume and armor."

Wong's words and artistry are both vibrant with color, richly textured, defiant, and unapologetic in their boldness.

Her speaker begins her spiritual journey of remembrance that transcends body, tradition, or even nation in the pursuit of authentic art that is constructed through the radical acceptance of the past in order to leave it all behind.

Turning to Wallpaper is a story where no wounds are left unconfronted or softened. It is beautiful, without beauty. There is "pain, but no victimhood."


Heidi Wong:
Heidi Wong is a poet and artist who grew up between Beijing, Hong Kong, and New York.

While specializing in expressionistic oil painting and hyper-realistic digital art, Heidi's poetry is equally packed with intensity and boldness. Since posting her work on social media at 15 years old, she has developed a unique voice composed of the stark juxtaposition between surreal and macabre imagery with intimate and beautiful language.

Her third collection, Turning to Wallpaper, focuses on the idea of transcendence—transcending the silenced and demonized female body, conceptions of femininity and masculinity, tradition, and even nation in order to ultimately reconcile with and escape one's past.

Keep up with her at @itsheidiwong