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Ephemeral Koi

Carolyn Wong
Year: 2022
  • Mural
  • Paint
  • Plywood
Status: In Place


This mural was painted for the 2022 Mural Walk on the side of a building. It has a white and blue background, with two koi fish in blue and pink painted as if they are viewed from a bird’s eye view and through water with ripples on their bodies.

Artist Statement

Inspired by studies in Suminagashi – the ancient art of Japanese marbling using water and ink. Using only the interaction of water, soap, and ink, beautiful organic patterns and rings are formed and captured on paper. The patterns in these studies were then incorporated into Koi fish silhouettes, creating unique textural qualities combined with graphic elements. Through the mural I hope to evoke a sense of harmony and balance between yin and yang.”

Carolyn Wong is an illustrator and mural artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Carolyn is a Chinese Canadian artist and has collaborated on design projects with national institutions, local municipalities, and small businesses. Her past clients include the Bank of Montreal, Chatime, Purolator, the City of Victoria, the City of Richmond, Vancouver Chinatown BIA, Downtown Victoria Business Association, False Creek Harbour Authority, Steveston Harbour Authority, and the Vancouver Mural Festival.

Carolyn has a deep love for storytelling and thrives to create vibrant illustrations that celebrates nature and community values. As a first generation Chinese-Canadian, her work is a reflection of both eastern and western influences as she draws on nostalgic themes that resonate with diaspora communities. Carolyn’s artwork celebrates the beauty of nature using colourful graphic forms combined with dynamic natural elements.


38147, 2 Avenue, Squamish, British Columbia, V8B 0C4, Canada.

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