I live between Asia and Europe. It’s a great privilege to hold the world in both my palms.
I live and breath art and writing about visual art really does make my day. When asked by editors for a bio, this is what I say:
“Published Writer, Former Food Blogger and Emerging Art Historian, Eva Wong Nava combines her love for art with writing personal reviews and anecdotes. She has led art tours at various institutions and has taught writing using works of art as talking points and inspiration. Her flash fiction is published in various places, including Jellyfish Review and Flash Fiction Magazine. Her art writings have appeared in several independent arts magazines and platforms. She is dedicated to making writing about art an accessible activity for future generations.
Eva has a degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Hull, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the Institute of Education, London, and an Art Writing qualification from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She holds a Masters in Art History from The Open University, United Kingdom. She loves Byzantine art and its relationship with the Italian Renaissance. She plans to write about the Renaissance later.”
Of course, this is only an aspect of who I am.
During the times when I’m not walking the corridors of museums or gallery spaces, I am a mother to two gorgeous girls and wife to a rock of a man; these are the people who keep me grounded. Art does get quite crazy sometimes and reading and analysing art is not the same as gazing and appreciating art, although the latter is wonderful too. I am fascinated by how art can emote its beholders and the stories that artworks tell. My responses form the backdrop to the many stories I write.
I love photographs for the intimate stories they tell. I see the world through black and white photos that draw me into the photographer’s inner world.
Byzantine art really does get me going. I love the glitter and the gold and I really do love the Virgin Mary and Jesus pair. Am I religious? Absolutely not! I just love how religion inspires art.
I look for religious motifs in art and ask what they mean and why the artist has chosen to include them in his/her work. I love it that many symbols hold universal meanings. Art unites people and through art, the human condition can be expounded, explored and explained.