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Inspiration #7 : Dreaming of Joy by Ran Hwang

Imagination is a never ending fuel for producing fascinating results. The secret of creating absolutely stunning artistic works is to think different and think beyond. That is exactly what the Korean artist, Ran Hwang describes by her brilliant works of art. You will be surprised to know that she uses only buttons and pins to create bird and tree portraits. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts, New York and has exhibited her works in New York, Paris and Seoul. It is quite evident that, beneath her works, lies a hidden meaning that is simply enlightening.

My immense wall installations are extremely time consuming and repetitive manual work. This is a form of meditative practice that helps me find inner peace. Typical materials related to the fashion industry are used to create conceptual icons such as Buddha or traditional vase.

Works are divided into two groups:

For the first type of work, pins are used to hold buttons onto the surface to form a silhouetted image or to disintegrate such image. No adhesive is used so that buttons are free to stay and move, which implies the genetic human tendency to irresolute. I use buttons, because they are common and ordinary, like the existance of human beings.

The second group of work consists of connecting a massive number of pins with yards of thread to occupy a negative space of the communication between unlinked human relations. Fulfilled negative space and absence of the image formed by positive space suggests deeper understanding of the image. I believe mortal essence exists in the heart of self recognition.

By hammering thousands of pins onto a wall, I discover significance of existence. Like the monks practising Zen facing the wall, my work is a form of performance that leads to finding oneself.

You can find her artistic creations at her personal website : Ran Hwang

I have featured some of her works here. A certain source of inspiration, without doubt.

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