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Ferment: An Artist Talk + SCOBY Demo with Joy Wong

Joy Wong, a wet SCOBY skin on top of blue plastic netting, 2021.

October 2, 2021 at 2pm

From sourdough bread to miso-flavoured ice cream, fermented foods are all the rage, but these tangy, savoury snacks are not new to human diets. In fact, fermentation is an ancient method of food preservation that has deep roots around the world. RBC Emerging Artist in Residence Joy Wong has been thinking a lot of about these transformative processes and we are excited to exhibit their newest body of work dedicated to fermentation in Gallery A this fall!

We are also happy to invite you to this artist talk and demo to learn how Joy grew, harvested, and dried kombucha SCOBYs of different shapes and sizes to create the work in their exhibition. Through hands-on demos and conversation, they will also reflect on the language and frameworks they have borrowed from fermentation to explore purity, migration, colonialism, and belonging in their artistic practice.

Pick up a bottle of sour, fizzy kombucha and join us for this fun studio chat!

This event will take place on Zoom. Closed captioning and live transcription will be available. Please click the link to register:



The RBC Emerging Artist Residency Program is generously sponsored by the RBC Foundation and the RBC Emerging Artist Project.

The artist would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council for supporting this project.


Joy Wong (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto, with Cantonese immigrant settler ancestry. She works in painting, print media, poetry, and sculpture. Their practice focuses on the intersections of disgust and beauty, decay and decadence, and connects material investigations with the shifting physicality of a queer and racialized body. She obtained her BFA from York University with a double major in Visual Arts and Creative Writing and her MFA from Western University where she received a SSHRC grant for her research. Wong was a finalist for the 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and was the 2019 Pope Artist in Residence at NSCAD.

This exhibition is supported by the RBC Foundation and the RBC Emerging Artist Project.