PhD, MA, BA
Area of Expertise
Art & Design History and Theories, Visual and Material Culture Studies
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 book-length research project that explores design, gender, and modern living in the twentieth century. Her research also scrutinizes how to revitalize traditional customs to inspire contemporary design thinking and practices. Her 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 a modern artist embraces modernity and fashions the ‘self’ in the twentieth century. Presently, she teaches subjects of art & design history as well as courses on design theories & philosophy. She is also a supervisor of master’s degree and PhD students in the postgraduate program. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Bard Graduate Centre in New York, United States during the 2018-19 academic year.
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.