On How to Say Goodbye
Leather suitcase, taxidermy, fabrics, wood, comb, music instruments, paper and pen
Closed: 70 x 40 x 25 cm (27 1/2 x 15 7/10 x 9 4/5 in.)
Open: Dimensions variable
Suitcase Institute is pleased to announce On How to Say Goodbye (2020), an artwork by artist Nicole Wong.
Nicole Wong's suitcase is a meditation on impermanence, memory, intimacy, life, death, and farewells. Here, a vintage, taxidermy fox appears to be sleeping; nearby are items that connote acts of intimacy and connection, such as a comb, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and postcards. When displayed, the artwork invites passers-by to examine their own relationship to loss, grief, and mortality, creating moments of connection in unexpected places.
On How to Say Goodbye is the second suitcase artwork produced by Suitcase Institute. For more details on Suitcase Institute and its future projects and locations, visit and subscribe to the newsletter. To request an interview with the artist or the co-founders of Suitcase Institute, please contact
"Nicole Wong (b. 1990, Hong Kong) works beyond the bounds of any single medium, adopting a process-driven approach to investigating philosophical questions associated with time, the tenuous connections between words and objects, and the limits of communication.
Often quiet and unassuming, Wong’s works invite introspective thought through their appeal to universal sentiments and desires. Deftly weaving wordplay and double entendre throughout her practice, the artist explores the connections between literal and connotative meanings. Her works thus enter the realm of semiotics, incorporating everyday objects and common materials to question the relationship between an object’s physical form its meaning.
Wong has presented in notable international group exhibitions including SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, curated by Mami Kataoka, Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2018); “A Tree Fell in the Forest, and No One’s There”, curated by Andre Chan, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China (2018–19); KOTODAMA, Para Site, Hong Kong (2018); and Self-Criticism – How Much Time Is Being Wasted?, curated by Lee Kit, Inside Out Museum, Beijing, China (2017)." - Rossi & Rossi