Is She Western or Eastern?
Korean-raised artist Kyoung Ae Cho draws on nature to create quietly elegant work, now at Lynden Sculpture Garden.
Kyoung Ae Cho, whose work is now on exhibit at the adventurous Lynden Sculpture Garden, is one very patient artist. She collected her own hair shed over a two-year period of time to create the materials for one work of art. She has collected fallen leaves and twigs for her hangings. She is very attuned to nature and concerned about the environment and how things of value are wasted in a consumer-oriented society like America’s.
“Kyoung Ae’s work is somewhat of a paradox in the way it is simple yet complex,” writes curator and blogger Sarah Hemm. “An apt description might be minimalist with meaning. A leaf, half eaten by snails, is transformed into fine art that is interesting, makes sense, and has a commanding presence… I was amazed at her attention to detail and the overall coherence and elegance of her work”
As Robert Raczka, Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Allegheny College, has put it, “The beauty that Kyoung Ae Cho’s work attains is a source of considerable pleasure as well as a locus of attention promoting a feeling of centeredness in the viewer – an experience that continues to be desired by many though it is increasingly rare in a culture spinning with information and spectacle.”
She has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Craft, and is currently a professor in the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee.
Her work has been exhibited at a long list of museums and galleries nationally and internationally. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Lillian Elliott Award, the Quilt National Award of Excellence and the Pollock-Krasner Grant, the UWM Foundation and Graduate School Research Award, and Wisconsin Arts Board Award Fellowship.
This exhibit is the third in a series of Lynden exhibitions that examine, in various combinations, women, nature and science. The show runs through July 13.
“Women, Nature, Science – Kyoung Ae Cho: One at a Time”
Lynden Sculpture Garden
2145 W. Brown Deer Rd.