PhD, MA, BA
Area of Expertise
Art & Design History and Theory, Visual and Material Culture
Sandy Ng received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), specializing in modern Chinese art and culture. Her published works include several that examine the notion of hybrid modernism in Lin Fengmian’s figurative paintings (1900-1991). She attends international conferences and publishes journal articles on a range of issues concerning how modernity and cultures shape artistic representation and design. She is currently working on a research project that explores design, gender, and modern living in early twentieth century China. Her research also scrutinizes how craftsmanship and design convey individuality and social status in the modern era. Her more recent published works include a book chapter that explores how national and female identities are tied to the design of cheongsam in Hong Kong and a journal article that examines how an artist embraces modernity and fashions the ‘self’ in the twentieth century. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Bard Graduate Centre in New York, United States during the 2018-19 academic year and is presently College Art Association’s caa.reviews Field Editor for Design History. She has organized a symposium titled Material Culture and Design in Modern Asia held at the Bard Graduate Centre in the United States on March 18 and 19, 2021 (https://www.bgc.bard.edu/events/1213/18-mar-2021-symposium-material ). She is planning an edited volume based on the symposium.
Sandy began her teaching career, sponsored by the Asian Pacific Scholarship at the University of Hawaii in Mānoa in the United States. She is interested in the process and effect of cross-cultural exchange on artistic representation. Her research in the display and reception of art led her to curate a two-part exhibition titled “The Three Perfections” that explored the styles and meanings of Chinese calligraphy at the Honolulu Museum of Arts. While pursuing her studies in Great Britain, she taught Cultural Studies subjects at the University of Sussex. Before joining the School of Design, she taught in the Fine Arts department at the University of Hong Kong, offering thematic courses that scrutinized cultural manifestations in contemporary societies.