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Emerging Artist: Jessica So Ren Tang

For awhile I have been obsessed with Jessica So Ren Tang’s work and was itching to feature her art on the blog!

Jessica earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Jessica works with embroidery as her medium. Her work is based on the Asian American identity and the idea of being too much or not enough of either Asian or American. She creates objects which negate themselves through their materials. While her figures feature Asian embroidery designs upon the skin which conceal the identity of the woman to reach a broader spectrum of all Asian women.

The color choice of thread is constantly high chroma and exciting. The embroidery itself is eye catching, but the color enhances their effect on the viewer.

The objects feature Asian noodle cups, classic Asian china (plates, cups etc.), and other objects embroidered after the literal object. This is where Jessica refers to Asian American objects of which appear to be the literal, but are a rejection of what they are by being constructed of a totally different material.

Looking at Jessica’s figures, we are not just seeing an anonymous woman with a classic Asian embroidery, but posed in intimate moments. Each woman is in a state of undress or undressing. It is as if she is stripping away her individual identity to show a lack of identity or a broad spectrum of identities all Asian women share. When we explore race, people will always think of attributes races will all share; for example with Asian women, people will automatically presume them to have long black hair, almond eyes, an olive cast to their skin tone, and are thin. Where this is true for some, but not all, this is where clumping race into one identity fails and strips people from their own individuality and humanity. At the same time if we think of this as uniting a broad spectrum of Asian women through they shared heritage, it can also be seen in a positive light.

What is so fascinating about Jessica’s work other than her phenomenally beautiful embroidery technique is her layered narratives. One can look at her work and see all the various subjects she touches upon and ways of viewing people and identity. Her work starts a broader conversation about race, how we perceive people, and how people perceive themselves.

 

To view more of Jessica’s work, visit her website or follow her on Instagram!

https://jessicasorentang.com

https://www.instagram.com/jessicasorentang/

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Emerging Artist

Samantha Parker Salazar

Samantha Parker Salazar is an artist currently based out of Austen, Texas. She holds a BFA from Bradley University in Printmaking and Art History and is currently completing her MFA at the University of Texas, Austen in Studio Art with a projected graduation in 2014. I am always looking at work by graduate students, trying to see what they are making, what their interests are and their fresh ideas. Anytime I see one that jumps out amongst the rest I have to share their work with the world.

Salazar’s art ranges from sculptural to installation with printmaking being part of the process. Her work is complex with many parts to make up the whole with multiple materials. Her work is about death and re-birth and constant flows of nature which is completely evident with the construction of the sculptures and installations. Her sculptures combine textiles and paper forming these new creations out of ordinary materials creating something both beautiful and rejuvenating. The installation’s do just the same, but on a larger scale that invites the viewer into a more environmental space than just looking upon an object. In her current 2014 work, the swirls of colors and fine long paper cuts rush like ocean waves, yet it is a still moment. From afar there is this celebratory feeling one gets, an explosion of surprise. The amount of depth within the work is incredible and each layer adds to the idea of rebirth, transformation and nature in all it’s facets, her work is truly beautiful and inspiring.

To see more of Samantha Parker Salazar’s work below are links to her website and Facebook page,

http://samanthapsalazar.com/home.html

https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaParkerSalazar

Art History Lesson

Art History Lesson: Lee Krasner

5230bThere has been a lot of press lately about the 2012 Biography released about Lee Krasner, so I have decided to write todays Art History Lesson post about her. Many people know Krasner as the wife of Jackson Pollock, some even say she lived in his shadow; that may have well been, but it did not stop her from gaining success as a painter, she was famous in her own right and her influence still lives on today in many ways different yet similar to Pollock’s. Lee Krasner was born AAA_polljack_6316October 27th, 1908 in Brooklyn, NY, she studied at Copper Union and National Academy of Design. Krasner painted in the Abtsract-Expressionist style. Like Pollock, Krasner was a praised and prominent artist in the Abstract-Expressionist movement. Her works have multiples layers of paint, sometimes chunky with swift movements. Some paintings appear more geometric while others exhibit more free-spirited approaches. Her colors range from high chroma pinks, reds, greens and blues, to muted black and white with splashes of grayed purples, blues, and yellows. Krasner’s paintings often mimic textiles which have influenced fashion designers for example, designer Erdem Mordalioglu in his Resort 2013 collection has created textiles and prints inspired by Krasner’s work. Although Krasner lived a tough life married to Pollock as his constant support and caretaker, she still continued to create her own work and become a successful influential artist of her time. Krasner’s work can be seen in major museum collections such as the MoMA (whom also displayed her work in a retrospective exhibit), MET, Guild Hall Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and many more. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation was established in 1985, they offer grants to working artists who are experiencing financial hardships.

You can purchase the Biography here, http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Krasner-Biography-Gail-Levin/dp/0061845272

To see more of Erdem Moralioglu designs visit his website, http://www.erdem.com/ The designs inspired by Krasner are in the Archive section under Pre-Spring 2013.