For more than 10 years, I have been suffering from depression. It has caused me to think about life’s meaning. My feelings about death are paradoxical — I dread to think about the demise of people I love, but I feel indifferent and apathetic about my own.

In 2018, my Australian mother, for whom I felt a deep affection, passed away due to brain cancer. This was the first time I witnessed the death of someone I knew, and I experienced a profound depth of grief. I encountered uncertainty about my significance in the larger scheme of the universe. My understanding of such concepts and beliefs about my meaning in life were challenged.

I encountered a sentiment a few days after she passed away — You can’t walk this earth forever; someday you will have to fly’. This is what she used to tell her sons when they were kids. Somehow these words consoled me, and have accompanied me since. Her words inspire me not to be obsessed with the state of living and to accept the mortality as part of life.

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Starry Kong is a Melbourne-based emerging artist who was born in Kunming, China. She is interested in the intangible and inexpressible sentiments that are characteristic to humankind. She explores this phenomenon through her own experiences of loss, grief, disconnection and her long-term mental illness, which has become the foundation and origin of her creative practice.

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Starry Kong~You can’t walk this earth forever; Someday you will have to fly.
  • Starry Kong
    August 28, 2021 - January 9, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm