Long-time Shipyard artist Mirang Wonne has a solo show at the De Saisset Museum in Santa Clara of her glorious new work on steel mesh.
Using a blowtorch, she draws directly onto the mesh creating dramatic gestural images. Using a blowtorch to draw directly onto thin wire mesh screens, her work is intuitive, made without a plan for formal execution. Her gestures are fluid, almost calligraphic, recalling the Sumi ink traditions of her ancestors. Wonne’s imagery is organic, drawing inspiration from nature.
From a distance, her pieces appear like delicate swaths of silk, but upon closer inspection their sharp metallic nature becomes apparent. For Wonne, this element of illusion is a direct reflection of life—a reminder that life isn’t tangible, but composed of a collection of ephemeral moments made real through desire and love.
Mirang Wonne is an accomplished artist whose work has been shown extensively at museums, galleries, and art fairs around the world. In 1999, she exhibited her first major solo installation, using primarily copper, at the Pacific Heritage Museum in San Francisco. She has shown at Villa Montalvo (now Montalvo Arts Center) in Saratoga and the Redding Museum of Art, as well as at various commercial galleries. Her stainless steel mesh screens have been exhibited at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara; Sung-Gok Museum in Seoul; and In-Chon Emigrant Museum in Korea.
April 10 – June 15th 2014
de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University in Santa Clara.
The museum is located at 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. The regular museum hours are from Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00AM to 4:00PM. The admission is free.
This is the exhibit link if you would like to get more information.