Ran Hwang is a korean-born artist who now works in New York. She is best known for her installations that make use of common objects like buttons and crystals pinned directly onto the wall of the gallery. Using each object like a pixel on a screen, Hwang creates oversized murals of birds, trees and other things of beauty. Her subject matter is often influenced by Buddhist theories and symbolism.
“My immense wall installations are extremely time consuming and repetitive manual work. This is a form of meditative practice that helps me find my inner peace. Pins are used to hold buttons onto the surface to form a silhouetted image, or to disintegrate such image. No adhesive is used so the buttons are free to stay and move, which implies the genetic human tendency to be irresolute. I use buttons because they are common and ordinary, like the existence of human beings.”
“By hammering thousands of pins onto a wall, I discover significance of existence. Like the monks practicing Zen facing the wall, my work is a form of performance that leads to finding oneself.”
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