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[ design + Matches Series by Pei-San Ng ]]


This is the first match stick piece I made and it was made for the Chicago Art Department $200 exhibition. This was a collaboration between Nathan and I. I wanted to make art with balsa sticks, specifically a skeletal framed apple. This idea came from my architecture model making days in school. I love making models out of sticks. With limited resources, Nathan suggested using matches instead of balsa. Thus began my matches series. With every piece finished, came an urge to burn it.

This piece before it was burned, it was called Temptation. Eventually, I lit it and now it’s called Burned.


This hawk piece is partially burned from claws to head to body. I am intrigued and mesmerized by the in-between state and by the fragility of the burned matches. The in-between is where the excitement happens, the point where the red heads turns to white before turning to ash, it’s the tipping point.

It’s also about the control of the burn. The utilization of the act of burning to create my variance in color.

I want to take you guys through a really cool series I recently came across entitled Matches (pretty self-explanatory) by architectural designer and multimedia artist Pei-San Ng. She was born in Taiwan and raised in Los Angeles and has three different degress from three different universities, including a BA in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA.

Miss Ng’s most recent work uses the red tipped match as the module. “In Chinese culture red is a very lucky color, matches evoke danger. I think that by mixing those two messages the audience is forced to take a second or third look. I want to tempt the viewer to destroy my artwork.”

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