11 years ago, Rimi Yang left behind a field of science and literature after discovering her passion for art. One of the most significant moments in Yang’s realization came while wandering through a museum in Italy, admiring centuries of work when she recalled stumbling into a room by Early Renaissance painter, Sandro Botticelli. It was upon entering this space that Rimi found herself in tears from the sheer energy of Botticelli’s work and the way it seemed to resonate seamlessly. “A painting can carry sincerity,” Yang continues, “and painting itself is about the ability to feel the intention of the painter.” This energy is exactly what Rimi Yang strives to convey each time her brush meets the canvas.
Rimi’s family emigrated from Korea to Japan and she later moved to the United States, eventually settling in Los Angeles, California where she lives today. Her Korean-American heritage has influenced her work considerably over the years as she continues to blur the lines where traditional Asian art meets Western art’s mentality. “A lot of Asian art is centered on the beauty of simplicity and taking the time to complete a single line with extreme patience, whereas Western art seems to focus more on the meaning, always seeking some sort of answer in the art. I respect both and use both.” Rimi’s emphasis on patience has allowed the process of her work to become her personal form of meditation. Additionally, her intention during the creation of each piece provides each member of the audience with a gift - the emotion, or meaning, that arises within each individual upon observation.
Dreamlike narratives, vibrant colors, complex patterns and recurring symbols are just some of the ways one could describe the work of Rimi Yang. It doesn’t take long to become captivated by her craft as your eyes move across layers of floral patterns, abstract shapes and horse-like creatures that Yang describes as, “carriers to a destination,” “life partners,” or simply, “destiny.” But one of the most enchanting aspects of Yang’s work can be found in the incredibly realistic and almost-familiar faces that she paints with ease, seen frequently throughout her work and each with an expression conveying meaning from the artist to the audience.
Blue Rain Gallery presents an exhibition of Rimi Yang’s most recent paintings June 24 - July 16 at the new Railyard location.