Vivian Wang

Glass

Artist Statement

It is difficult to place my art, sometimes referred to as "Asian Figurative Sculpture,” neatly into the spectrum of the art world as it is both old and new. Ancient in its origins, subjects and some of its materials, my work is also contemporary in its use of cast glass …

Artist Statement

It is difficult to place my art, sometimes referred to as "Asian Figurative Sculpture,” neatly into the spectrum of the art world as it is both old and new. Ancient in its origins, subjects and some of its materials, my work is also contemporary in its use of cast glass as a significant element of its design

In ancient times, figurative sculpture was made in ceramics, stone and wood and I have followed that tradition by using clay for my bodies. In old China, glass was used only for religious artifacts and decorative ornaments; its purpose to mimic jade. In contrast, I employ glass as glass to create my head, hands and feet, a contemporary use of materials.

An American of Chinese descent, I have been primarily inspired by the historic paintings and sculptures of the women and children of the Tang and Song dynasties of China and the Heian and Edo Periods in Japan. This explains the subjects in my work, the child emperors, the women and children of the royal courts and Samurai warriors.

With Asian features and formal poses, my figures are elaborately clothed in garments replete with Chinese and Japanese patterns and motifs. Inspired by historic textile designs, the surfaces are purposely distressed or “antiqued”. Their style and color, however, have been influenced by my former career as a fashion designer.

The glass hands, feet and heads of my figures give them an almost intangible quality and the sculptures a haunting look, mirroring historic Asian paintings and sculptures. Extravagantly embellished with semi-precious stones and crystals, my work reflects the opulence and pageantry of centuries-old court life. A contemporary expression of ancient art.


AWARDS

2019 - “Artist of the Future Award” - Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

2017 - Fort Wayne Museum of Art Award, 45 International Glass Invitational Award Exhibition

2017 - Art Palm Beach Award for Excellence in Creativity

2015 - Fort Wayne Museum of Art Award, 43rd International Glass Invitational Award Exhibition -  Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan 

2013 - Outstanding Glass Artist of 2013, Florida Glass Art Alliance, Miami, FL

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

2019 - Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

2018- Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

2017 - Barry Art Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

2017 - Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

2017 - Fort Wayne Museum, Fort Wayne, Indiana

2012 - Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida



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