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artist: ran hwang



whimsical dream – paper buttons, beads,pins, 2011

I am in complete awe of the work by Ran Hwang.  Her patience and ability to create these beautiful installments are amazing!  Ran uses materials from the fashion industry to create her masterpieces like, buttons, beads and pins.  Her practice requires a lot of patience and time and it provides a form of self meditation for her.  She hammers thousands of pins into a wall like a monk who, facing the wall, practices zen.  I hope to see her work in person one day as I know I’d be ever more blown away then I am just looking at the photos.

whimsical dream detail

new empty me – 4 panel, buttons, beads, pins, 2010


sweet in yean – 3 panel, buttons, beads, pins, 2010


east wind from old palace – 3 panel, buttons, beads, pins, 2012

“My works are divided into two groups. In the first, pins are used to hold buttons remain free to move and suggest the genetic human tendency to be irresolute. I choose buttons, which are as common and ordinary as human beings. In the second group of works, a massive number of pins connect yards of thread creating a negative space of the presented images, threads suggesting connections between human beings and a communication network between seemingly unlinked human experiences. The filled negative space in the absence of the positive space suggests mortality at the heart of self-recognition.”

images from ran hwang


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